New helmet science could protect brain better

The new shock-absorbing helmet technology, called Mitigatium, effectively dissipates the energy from impact.


“Current bicycle helmets offer protection to the skull and the brain by dissipating energy through fracture of the helmets in some collisions, but that may be their only energy dissipating mechanism,” said Ellen Arruda, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

 “The composite technology we developed can be used to better protect the brain in collisions in which the helmet doesn’t fracture, without sacrificing their existing energy dissipating mechanism. We believe this technology can be used to better protect the brain in all types of helmets.”