A Comparison of Two Personnel Injury Criteria Based on Fragmentation
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This paper includes a comparison of two Personnel Injury Criteria based on fragmentation. The first is the 58 ft-lb rule Kinetic Energy Criterion which has been in vogue since about 1900. The second is a new criterion, based on Kinetic Energy Density, which has been established by BRL over the last three decades. Both criteria we compared using four weapons for which suitable fragmentation data are available. The comparison is inconclusive as far as recommending one or the other criterion for use with the DDESB FRAGHAZ Computer Program. The paper contains recommendations to assist in making a choice between the two injury criteria. The first 11 pages of this paper represent the presentation made by David Neades, Ballistic Research Laboratories, at the Explosives Safety Seminar held in Atlanta, Georgia in August 1988. It serves as background to pages 12-17 which comprise the paper for presentation by Frank McCleskey at the Explosives Safety Seminar held in St. Louis, Missouri in August 1990.
- Weapons Effects (Biological)