Fragment Analysis Process for the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat Program

Report No. ARL-TR-5586
Authors: Karen Pizzolato
Date/Pages: July 2011; 14 pages
Abstract: Fragments from the threat and surrounding environment often become embedded in Service Members during an event in-theater. Analyzing these fragments is crucial to the characterization and identification of threats. Fragment analysis is one part of the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) Program. JTAPIC is a partnership program that was established at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. JTAPIC fragments are removed during autopsy by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner Systems from Service Members who were killed in action. These fragments are analyzed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The analysis procedure includes the sterilization, scanning, and documentation of the physical properties of the fragments. ARL determines the elemental composition of fragments using qualitative and quantitative analysis procedures. The analysis results are used in event recreations and modeling and simulation. The results also assist JTAPIC partners with test designs and in understanding personnel vulnerabilities to threats.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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