Accession Number:

AD0648417

Title:

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF BLAST PROTECTIVE FOOTWEAR, FABRICATION AND PROOFTESTING

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

IIT RESEARCH INST CHICAGO IL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

117.0

Abstract:

Several of the blast protective combat boot concepts which were developed under Phase I of this program were fabricated and prooftested under Phase II. All of the protective boots incorporated a honeycomb filled shank. The high strength aluminum honeycomb filler ranged from 2550 psi to about 4200 psi nominal crushing strength. In addition to the protective shank, several models of protective boots were fabricated with wedge-shaped heel cut outs and or metal heel counters. A total of 150 pairs of protective boots were fabricated with eight possible combinations of the variables studied. Sixty- four cadaver specimens protected by various types of boots were blastloaded with the M-14 land mine 27 of the protective boots with conventional counters resulted in a foot damage level which could possibly be salvaged from amputation while 63 of the protective boots incorporating a metal heel counter were possible salvages. This compares to a zero percent rate of possible salvage with conventional footwear. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE