UMaine to use crash test dummies in research

Posted Nov. 21, 2010, at 6:04 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine is getting some dummies.

Engineering researchers at the Orono school have received a grant that will utilize crash test dummies to help test products designed to reduce head injuries.

The university has received $533,000 in grant funding to create a new biomechanical laboratory to help test and evaluate injury-reduction, repair and rehabilitation equipment under development by several small Maine companies.

The testing equipment will include crash test dummies to test head gear that looks like a fashionable cap or headband, but actually serves as a lightweight helmet that people would be willing to wear.