Helmet Research Paper

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If you’re looking to buy the Advanced Combat Helmet such as the one used by the United States Army, there are predominantly four suppliers of the ballistic helmet including MSA, SDS, Gentex and Rabintex. The helmets are similar to one another in design and they come in 4 shell sizes including small, medium, large and extra large. Observe the following guidelines to pick one that’s right for you:

1. When purchasing a ballistic helmet, the top of your head should touch the crown pad
2. Check that the helmet is level from front to back
3. Count the number of pads. There should be 7.
4. The portion of your ear at and above the ear canal must be covered
5. Check the pads for tears and compressibility
6. Check for frayed or loose stitching on the
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The small chin strap should be level and in front of the chin
10. Chin retention straps must be snug

The materials used to build ballistic helmets

As we briefly covered before, ballistic helmets have evolved considerably over the years. In truth, as a piece of personal armor, helmets have been around well before World War I. For example, they were used in the 23rd century BC by Akkadians and Sumerians and later by Mycenaean Greeks, Assyrians, ancient Greeks, ancient Romans and throughout the Middle Ages by many combatants.

Of course, back in the days, soldiers wore equipment made predominantly from leather or cloth to protect their head from injuries like sword cuts. This changed in the late 1700s when rifled firearms were introduced, resulting in a new focus to develop better protective equipment. In particular, World War I and the simultaneous increase in the lethality of artillery renewed the need for steel helmets, which could protect soldiers from fragmenting projectiles.

These helmets remained popular until the mid 1980s when they were replaced with an increase in the lethality of ballistic threats during World War II. This in turn led to the development of ballistic materials such as
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They also limit hearing, vision, and mobility of the wearer. These limitations slowly led to the decline in the popularity of the Brodie helmet. They were also rendered obsolete by the rising popularity of bullets and shrapnel with greater mass and higher velocities in World War II. While significantly less popular, steel helmets are still being used, today, especially by the Israeli civil defense forces.

Aramid ballistic helmets

Defined as a class of heat-resistant and strong synthetic fibers, the aramid fiber is a material that was first developed in the early 1960s for the production of protective apparel, electrical insulation and air filtration among other commercial applications. The new material led to nothing short of a breakthrough in the manufacturing process of combat helmets.

After all, for warfighters and many other people, dodging bullets, shrapnel and explosions is part of their job description. Military helmets made with the aramid fiber provide protection against a wide range of

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