August 19, 2019

Northwest Florida Roundup

FSU professor, researcher develops football helmet cushioning foam

Carlton Proctor | 7/26/2019

Changchun Zeng, an associate professor and researcher at Florida State University’s High Performance Material Institute, has developed a foam that he says could provide an advanced and beneficial cushioning effect in football helmets. The foam is “auxetic” — when stretched, it becomes denser perpendicular to the way it’s being pulled.

Auxadyne, based in Keystone Heights, holds the exclusive rights to its XPF foam pad system, a technology based on Zeng’s invention. The company has received $86,688 through the NFL’s “Play Smart. Play Safe. HeadHealth TECH Challenge” campaign to identify safety products for its players.

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