Recoverable Energy Releasing Device for Safety and Protection

Abstract

We propose a novel approach to design recoverable energy-absorbing devices for safety and protection inspired by sacrificial bonds and hidden length in the structural molecules of biological materials. The proposed device consists of a stacked arrangement of mechanical adhesive interfaces that sequentially dissipates energy when tensile forces are applied. These recoverable energy absorbing devices can be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) as protection for overhead power lines and wired infrastructure subject to inclement weather, and high-altitude workers/climbers.

Contact Information

Name: Sheikh Ismail

Email: smismail@tamu.edu

Phone: 979-862-3273