Advances in Helmet Technology

10 Feb 2011

Organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the Defence, Safety and Security Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Supported by the US Army International Technology Centre - Atlantic

The design of advanced helmets and the drive to incorporate new materials and technologies is common to a number of applications including defence, police, sport (motorsport, diving, and snow sports), and construction. Reductions in weight, changes of threat, requirements for improvements in protection, and integration of secondary systems are the drivers behind recent helmet improvement programmes. This conference looked at the latest innovations in this technology, and aimed to encourage a cross fertilisation of ideas from different sectors resulting in improvements in helmet design for the future.

The event also included an awards ceremony for students that had entered a competition, supported by the Materials KTN, to design the next generation of police helmets 


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Chairmans Introduction and Welcome (PDF 468kb)
Dr Eoin O'Keefe, QinetiQ

Head injuries and the role of helmets (PDF 1.7mb)
Squadron Leader Peter Quick, Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Institute of Research and Development

Helmet design, manufacture and testing (PDF 601kb)
Dr Debra Carr, Cranfield University / Defence Academy of the UK

Helmet integration
Lt Col Toby Evans, Ministry of Defence

The Phillips Head Protection System - enhanced rotational protection (PDF 5.8mb)
Brian Gough, IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd)

Optimising the thermal comfort of cricket helmets through thermal and moisture mapping (PDF 2.9mb)
Dr Zhongwei Guan, School of Engineering, Liverpool University

Police and firefighters helmets (PDF 1.2mb)
Chris Malbon, Firearms and Protective Equipment, Home Office Scientific Development Branch

Front line experiences with protective headgear
Inspector Joe Moohan, Metropolitan Police - if you would like more information about this presentation please email Joe Moohan directly.

Student Design Competition

The conference also included a student design competition, supported by the Materials KTN. The brief for this competition was to design the next generation of police helmets. Prizes were available for the first, second and third placed students and the enties were judged by both the Defence, Safety and Security Committee and the delegates at the conference. The winners were:


  • 1st Place - Mitchell Gebbie, Brunel University - MG Enforcer - Download the winning design - Part 1 (PDF 156kb) & Part 2 (PDF 172kb)
  • 2nd Place - James Carswell, Brunel University - Pro-Tech Police Riot Helmet - Download the design (PDF 1mb)
  • 3rd Place - Udo Igwe, The University of Bolton - Smart Electro-rheological Fluid Composite Helmet - Download the design (PDF 65kb)



Venue and booking

Event Location: 
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Matthew Thornton

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