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Russian scientists design unique energy absorbing container

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A team of researchers from Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) Computer-Aided Engineering Centre of Excellence (CompMechLab) has announced that it has created a protective container with some of the world’s best energy absorption characteristics.

The project was initiated to design and manufacture a protective container to ensure the safety and efficiency of fragile equipment, such as high-precision devices, weighing up to 8 kg when dropped from 125 metres on a hard surface such as concrete.

The project exceeded initial expectations as the entire project, from establishing objectives to prototyping and full-scale tests – such as dropping the container from the helicopter on a concrete surface - were conducted within 38 days.

‘Full-scale tests confirmed the complete safety and efficiency of the protected equipment,’ comments Professor Alexey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for advanced projects of Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU).

He also added that the project was implemented within the Digital Factory (TechNet, National Technology Initiative) by the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies SPbPU. It demonstrates the results of simulation and optimization-driven design and manufacturing, which significantly improves the performance of this product.