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The Effects of Soldier Gear Encumbrance on Restraints in a Frontal Crash Environment
ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI
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Outline Background, Goals, Test Methodology, Encumbrance Selection, Testing Results Gear Selection, Testing Results Pulse Comparison, and Conclusion. Background Crash testing and validation of Military vehicles has to date not accounted for the Soldier gear burden. Actual loads imparted onto the occupant in a representative military vehicle crash test environment have been limited and do not reflect what an occupant would actually see in this type of an event. The US Army Soldier encumbered with their gear poses a challenge in restraint system design that is not typical in the automotive world. The weight of the gear encumbrance may have a significant effect on how the restraint system performs and protects the occupant during a frontal event.
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