Accession Number:

ADA551788

Title:

Human Factors Assessment of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Limb Protection Program (QuadGard Phase 3 Pre-Pilot Production Design)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 26 Apr 2004-30 Jul 2005

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

After visiting amputees in a military hospital in January 2004, the Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, ordered the Office of Naval Research to develop body armor to envelop SoldiersMarines limbs. This action resulted in a cooperative program cutting across services, industry, and academia to develop an armor system in less than 180 days. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory s Human Research and Engineering Directorate HRED provided human factors design guidance in the development of the QuadGard III limb protective system. HRED conducted limited human factors assessments to collect user feedback following static exercises and obstacle course negotiation. The static exercises showed little impact on body movements however, the dynamics of the obstacle course required body movements that showed the configuration constricted movement. The participants reported configuration bulk and heat buildup. Compared to baseline condition helmet and M4 rifle, obstacle course completion time was 16 greater when the baseline and outer tactical vest OTV were worn and 33 greater when wearing the baseline, OTV, and QuadGard arms and trousers. Recommended modifications of the QuadGard design configuration are to reduce and eliminate restrictions on the body in motion, improve air movement between the wearer and the armor, and improve the function of the configuration and user acceptance. Based on the results of this assessment, the U.S. Marine Corps System Command initiated phases IV and V QuadGard development

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Protective Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE