Hips – Heart – Head
In order to properly control the
Decelerate Head and Neck Tether
To implement the Decelerate RAT straps into a head restraint to limit linear head motion in event of high acceleration or crash. Current head restraints are current used to reduce the likelihood of head and/or neck injuries, such as a basilar skull fracture, in the event of an automotive crash. Figure 1 shows the basic concept of the head restraint. Popular brands within the market are Simpson and Hans, with the Hans device being the most popular. The Hans device is shaped like a U, but with the back of that U set behind the back of the neck and the two arms lying flat along the top of the chest over the pectoral muscles. The device, in general, is supported by the shoulders. It is only attached to the helmet, and not to the belts, the driver’s body, or the seat; the helmet is attached to the device with the help of two anchors on each side. This attachment point will be where the RAT strap is involved.
Decelerate Lateral Restraint System
To implement a Decelerate System into a head restraint that focuses on lateral movement. The product will be completely unique to the market as there is no current product that accomplishes this. This will replace the clunky and insufficient neck restraints. This product will ensure that the drivers head is controlled laterally. A driver can see high forces during normal race conditions as well as crashes. Controlling this motion would provide added protection to the brain. The current development plan for the Automotive Decelerate Lateral Restraint System is to split the product into two parts, the RAT straps and the Harness System. This product will help drivers keep their head steady during lateral high G force events.
To implement a Decelerate System into a racing harness that focuses on reducing body movement. The product will be very similar to the sample shown in Figure 1 except with the addition of the RAT straps. It will be used to reduce the amount of body movement during normal racing events and crashes.