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Project Title:

Review of Test Protocols Used by the DOD to Test Combat Helmets
PIN: DEPS-BAST-12-04        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics
Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics
National Materials and Manufacturing Board DEPS
Board on Army Science & Technology DEPS

RSO: Schulte, Nancy

Subject/Focus Area: National Security and Defense

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will conduct a study to consider the technical issues relating to test protocols for military combat helmets and prepare a report. The committee will examine the testing protocols along the following lines:

--Evaluate the adequacy of the military combat helmet test protocol for both first article testing and lot acceptance testing, including its use of the metrics of probability of no penetration and the upper tolerance limit (used to evaluate backface deformation).

--Evaluate the appropriate use of statistical techniques (e.g., rounding numbers, choosing sample sizes, or test designs) in gathering the data.

--Evaluate the adequacy of the current helmet testing procedure to determine the level of protection provided by current helmet performance specifications.

--Evaluate procedures for the conduct of additional analysis of penetration and backface deformation data to determine whether differences in performance exist.

--Evaluate the scope of characterization testing relative to the benefit of the information obtained.

Note (06-21-2013): The Project Scope has been updated to include two additional tasks. The updated version is shown above.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The start date for the project is 09/27/12.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 18 months.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 01/24/2013
 Meeting 2 - 03/21/2013
 Meeting 3 - 04/25/2013
 Meeting 4 - 06/17/2013
 Meeting 5 - 07/29/2013
 Meeting 6 - 10/10/2013


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Review of Department of Defense Test Protocols for Combat Helmets