Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort

Ruben Broekhuizen, Tim De Rydt, Eric Lutters, Roland Ten Klooster, Guido De Bruyne

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Abstract

Bicycle helmets help reducing head injuries in cycling accidents, but they are not always popular. Discomfort is a major barrier for bicycle helmet use. Improper anthropometric design of the inner structure of a helmet can result in local peak pressure on the skin of the scalp. The purpose of this study was to examine the spatial variations in maximum allowed pressure on the head. Mean maximum allowed pressure on the head was 13,2N (SE 0,2) for females and 16,5N (SE 0,2) for men. The superior frontal area (19,4N, SE 0,7) and the central occipital area (18,3N, SE 0,7N) were the least sensitive areas for male test persons. For females, also the central occipital area had a low sensitivity. In contrast, the inferior frontal area was the most sensitive for men (12,4N SE 0,7N) and women (9,7N SE 0,8N). Headgear should avoid pressure points in areas with high sensitivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics in Design
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA
EditorsFrancisco Rebelo, Marcelo M. Soares
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages14-19
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-94706-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94705-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Event9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018 - Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018
Conference number: 9
http://www.ahfe2018.org/

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume777
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018
Abbreviated titleAHFE
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period21/07/1825/07/18
Internet address

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Keywords

  • Head pressure sensitivity
  • Headgear
  • Human factors

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Broekhuizen, R., De Rydt, T., Lutters, E., Klooster, R. T., & De Bruyne, G. (2018). Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. In F. Rebelo, & M. M. Soares (Eds.), Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (pp. 14-19). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 777). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94706-8_2
Broekhuizen, Ruben ; De Rydt, Tim ; Lutters, Eric ; Klooster, Roland Ten ; De Bruyne, Guido. / Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA. editor / Francisco Rebelo ; Marcelo M. Soares. Cham : Springer, 2018. pp. 14-19 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing).
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Broekhuizen, R, De Rydt, T, Lutters, E, Klooster, RT & De Bruyne, G 2018, Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. in F Rebelo & MM Soares (eds), Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 777, Springer, Cham, pp. 14-19, 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2018, Orlando, United States, 21/07/18. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94706-8_2

Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. / Broekhuizen, Ruben; De Rydt, Tim; Lutters, Eric; Klooster, Roland Ten; De Bruyne, Guido.

Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA. ed. / Francisco Rebelo; Marcelo M. Soares. Cham : Springer, 2018. p. 14-19 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 777).

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Broekhuizen R, De Rydt T, Lutters E, Klooster RT, De Bruyne G. Head Sensitivity for Designing Bicycle Helmets with Improved Physical Comfort. In Rebelo F, Soares MM, editors, Advances in Ergonomics in Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA. Cham: Springer. 2018. p. 14-19. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94706-8_2