The pursuit of new records and top performance is the basis for the optimization of existing, and the development of new, sports equipment. New materials offer the potential to accelerate advances in lightweight construction. Achieving the goal of minimizing weight to maintain an advantage over competitors requires a complete understanding of the characteristics of the materials used and the load-compliant design of a system, such as the human–bicycle–environment system.
Protecting athletes from injury takes top priority. With the aid of suitable, highly dynamic material characteristics and the simulation of collision processes, it is possible to optimize helmets and protectors used in racing (Motocross, cycle racing, downhill), ice hockey, American football or baseball, so that the weight of the protective structure can be reduced without changing the damping behavior, consequently reducing the load on the cervical spine resulting from the helmet in the event of a crash.
Even in equestrian sports a suitable selection of horseshoe studs, with increased performance, which has been confirmed in the Nordmetall laboratory using highly dynamic horseshoe-stud testing, can reduce the subjective susceptibility to injury for the horse.
In pursuit of these objectives, we offer you complete material characterization as input data for simulations and component tests at high testing speeds.