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Biomechanics of Head, Neck, and Chest Injury Prevention for Soldiers

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Technical Report,01 Mar 2009,28 Feb 2011

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg United States

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This is the final report for Phase 1 of the cooperative agreement between the Virginia Tech Wake Forest, Center of Injury Biomechanics and the U.S. Army entitled Biomechanics of Head, Neck, and Chest Injury Prevention for Soldiers. The final report includes activities performed during the entire Phase 1 timeline, which can be seen in Figure 1. Task 1 details facial fracture prediction using the Facial and Ocular CountermeasUre Safety FOCUS with risk functions for the frontal bone, maxilla, and nasal bone. For Task 2, development of CAD data for biomechanical studies of the cervical spine is provided in place the head supported mass analysis Task 2.12.2, as agreed upon with USAARL. Task 3 includes the finite element model of the lung and injury criteria development 3.1, development of a head surrogate for free field blast testing 3.2, as agreed upon with USAARL, and crash sled system development for thorax injury protection 3.3. The National Research Symposium on Military Biomechanics 4.1 is also reported on. All tasks for Phase 1 have been completed by the end of the 2 year project term.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering

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