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A computational study of the EN 1078 impact test for bicycle helmets using a realistic subject-specific finite element head model

Computer Methods in Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 1025-5842

Volume 21, 12, 2018

DOI:10.1080/10255842.2018.1511775, Dimensions: pub.1109784946, PMID: 30406680,



  1. (1) Technical University of Denmark, grid.5170.3, DTU
  2. (2) National University of Singapore, grid.4280.e
  3. (3) Swinburne University of Technology, grid.1027.4


In the present study, the free fall impact test in accordance with the EN1078 standard for certification of bicycle helmets is replicated using numerical simulations. The impact scenario is simulated using an experimentally validated, patient-specific head model equipped with and without a bicycle helmet. Head accelerations and intracranial biomechanical injury metrics during the impacts are recorded. It is demonstrated that wearing the bicycle helmet during the impact reduces biomechanical injury metrics, with the biggest reduction seen in the metric for skull fracture.

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