Polymer foams, Personal protective equipment (helmets)
Recent research has centred on the micromechanics of polymer foams, using Finite Element Analysis to develop micromechanics models of foam mechanical properties, and on the impact performance of helmets for cyclists and motorcyclists.
Mills N.J. (2005) Plastics: Microstructure and Engineering Applications, 3rd Ed. Butterworth Heinemann, London.
Mills N.J. (2007) Polymer Foams Handbook- Engineering and biomechanics applications and design guide. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford,
Mills N.J. & Gilchrist A. (2008) Oblique impact testing of bicycle helmets, Int. J. Impact Engng., 34, 1075-1086.
Mills N.J. & Gilchrist A. (2008) Finite Element Analysis of bicycle helmet oblique impacts, Int. J. Impact Engng., 34, 1087-1101.
Mills N.J., Stämpfli R., Marone F., Brühwiler P. (2009) Finite element micromechanics model of impact compression of closed-cell polymer foams, Int. J. Solids Structures, 46, 677-697.
Mills N.J., Wilkes S., Derler S., Flisch A. (2009) FEA of oblique impact tests on motorcycle helmets, Int. J. Impact Engng., 36, 913-925.
Mills N.J. (2008) Comments on Depreitere et al ‘Lateral head impacts and protection of the temporal area by bicycle safety helmets’, J. Trauma, 65, 479-481.
Mills N.J. (2010) Critical evaluation of the SHARP motorcycle helmet rating, Int. J. Crashworthiness, 15, 331-342.
Mills N.J. (2010) Micromechanics model for the yield surface of rigid, closed-cell, polymer foams, J. Mater. Sci., 45, 5831-5843
Mills N.J. (2010) Modelling the dynamic crushing of closed cell polyethylene and polystyrene foams, J. Cellular Plastics, accepted 15.12.10