WASHINGTON: A helmet worn by French soldiers in World War I provided better protection against air explosions than a modern American model, according to an American university study.
Biomedical engineers at Duke University in North Carolina tested the performance of several helmet models from World War I and the US Advanced Combat Helmet. UU. Subjecting them to shock waves.
“While we discovered that all helmets provided a substantial amount of explosion protection, we were surprised to discover that 100-year-old helmets worked as well as modern ones,” said study author Joost Op ‘t Eynde.
“In fact, some historic helmets worked better in some ways,” said Op E t Eynde.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that the French “Adrian” helmet of World War I worked better than modern designs in the protection against air explosions.
“This study is, to our knowledge, the first to assess the protective capabilities of these historical combat helmets against explosions,” said Op E t Eynde.
The helmets tested were the “Brodie” models of World War I used by American and British troops, the French “Adrian”, the “Stahlhelm” of Germany and the modern advanced combat helmet of the United States.
The tests were performed on a dummy that was subjected to shock waves of varying force that approximated the explosion of an artillery shell.
“The risk of someone wearing a French” Adrian “helmet from around 1915 was less than that of any of the other tested helmets, including the modern advanced combat helmet,” the study authors said.
The French helmet has a crest at the top of the crown that, according to the study authors, can deflect shock waves.
“The difference that a simple crest or a wider edge can make in explosion protection shows how important this line of research could be,” said Op E t Eynde.
“With all the modern materials and manufacturing capabilities we have today, we should be able to make improvements in the design of the helmet that protects better from the waves than the helmets today or 100 years ago,” he added.