Accession Number : ADA262957


Title :   BRNSIM/BURNSIM: A Burn Hazard Assessment Model (User's Manual)


Descriptive Note : Interim rept. 1980-1992


Corporate Author : ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL


Personal Author(s) : Knox, F S , III ; Bonetti, Dena ; Perry, Chris


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262957.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 78


Abstract : BURNSIM is an interactive computer model which runs on DEC minicomputers (PDP 11 and VAX), Macintosh and IBM compatible PCs. The model is based on the work of Moritz and Henriques at Harvard, the Surgery Department at University of Rochester; Alice Stoll at Naval Air Development Center and Knox et al. at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory. Its development has been funded by the U.S. Arm,,,, U.S. Air Force, and Dr. Knox. The model predicts time to pain and burn depth when bare skin is exposed to any arbitrary time history of heat flux. It predicts burn depth with reasonable accuracy for pig and human skin. A software module to include clothing between the thermal source and the skin has been developed but not integrated with BURNSIM and has not been validated. By using sensors to measure heat flux behind fabric it has been possible to use BURNSIM to evaluate the insulating effect of clothing. BURNSIM has been used in the last several years to assess the burn hazard associated with rocket plumes in side-by-side ejection seats, shoulder launched weapons, nuclear flash and live fire. This manual provides information on model development, its installation and use on a PC.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *BURNS(INJURIES) , *FIRE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING , HAZARDS , PREDICTIONS , MODELS , HUMANS , ACCURACY , DEPTH , FABRICS , PROTECTION , EJECTION SEATS , PLUMES , PAIN , HEAT , PROTECTIVE CLOTHING , HEAT FLUX , SURGERY , MINICOMPUTERS , SHOULDER LAUNCHED WEAPONS , NUCLEAR FLASH , SWINE , ROCKET EXHAUST


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Computer Programming and Software
      Voice Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE