Foam in an airbag
The patented Windpact Crash Cloud both absorbs energy as it compresses, and dissipates energy through impact vents, before rapidly re-inflating like a spring. By adjusting the type of foam and rate of controlled airflow, the Crash Cloud can be tuned to address a wide range of real-world impacts – from linear to rotational impacts.
The Benefits of Our Impact System
- The Crash Cloud is impact foam-agnostic meaning we don’t necessarily care what foam we use as long as it provides the optimal impact solution (please refer to our Proprietary Foam Materials Database on how we make the polyurethane foam material decisions that go into the Crash Cloud).
- The Crash Cloud can intelligently adjust to the level of impact and solves for a wide range of impacts from linear to rotational impacts. We are able to optimize our Crash Cloud by utilizing our FEA modeling capabilities.
- Other solutions are limited and oftentimes solve for only one impact scenario.
- The Crash Cloud enables both the energy absorption system and the user to withstand the multiple impacts that often make up a single event.
Light and comfortable
- Safety should not be bulky and restrictive.
- The unique combination of controlled airflow and light open cell foams enables to reduce the weight and size.
- Produces an energy absorption system that provides great impact protection without restrictions.
- The Crash Cloud is modular and can take on any shape, size, or texture depending on the application. This enables Windpact to provide customizable solutions for each of our clients.
Backed by Science
Over $5 million of research funding went into the initial development of the technology and another $5 million in the development of the automotive and aerospace-grade virtual modeling system we use for analyzing and tuning the Crash Cloud system. On average, any standard foam when placed inside of a Crash Cloud yields a 40% increase in energy absorption.
One of the patent drawings (left) for the Crash Cloud technology (U.S. pat. no. 8,863,320) shows a three-dimensional rendering of the padding. The Windpact logo appears on the top. Shawn Springs (right) demonstrates how Crash Cloud works by squeezing the padding between his fingers. Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO.