Blacksburg, Va. -- Airbags, which have been saving the lives of automobile passengers for several years, are now planned for use in military helicopters. One concern about this use of airbags is the risk of eye injuries among pilots who may be wearing night vision goggles when airbags deploy. Engineering researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a computer model that can evaluate the potential for such injuries. The results of this project provided the foundation for a multi-year research program that evaluated the risk of ocular injuries to military aviators. By using the computer model, the researchers were able to reduce the number of costly physical experiments. The project was funded by the Army's Aeromedical Research Laboratory.
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