Improvement of the robustness of ballistic helmets to rifle ammunition

  1. Ángel Miranda Vicario
Supervised by:
  1. Pedro Miguel Bravo Díez Director
  2. Frederick Coghe Director

Defence university: Universidad de Burgos

Year of defence: 2020

  1. Marcos Rodríguez Millán Chair
  2. José Calaf Chica Secretary
  3. Johan Gallant Committee member
  4. Mónica Preciado Calzada Committee member
  5. Marc Pirlot Committee member
  1. Ingeniería Civil

Type: Thesis

Teseo: 639902 DIALNET lock_openRIUBU editor


In this work, the light weight ballistic protections are studied in order to mature a prototype helmet capable of stopping rifle bullets. The ballistic protection of the head through the helmets is lower than the protection available for the rest of the body, despite the great importance for the survival of the user. This is due to the significant weight limitations the head and neck can withstand, as well as the fragility of the skull and brain. This has been an impassable barrier that has caused the helmets worn by police and armies around the world to only be able to safely stop pistol bullets. Rifle bullets are much more dangerous; and this type of threat is becoming more common due to the changes taking place in the various theatres of operations. This makes a thorough study of the problem necessary to improve the safety and security of users.