Recent Research in Behind-Armor Blunt Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury

Report No. ARL-MR-864
Authors: Wendy E. Bukowski
Date/Pages: February 2014; 24 pages
Abstract: The occurrence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among U.S. Soldiers is daunting. Therefore, the ongoing effort to develop more advanced technologies for Soldier protection requires a complete understanding of the work that has been done. Although a broad range of fields of expertise have looked at TBI, there remains little understanding of the TBI mechanism. Also of interest is the role of the helmet and its effectiveness against blunt impact and blast threats. Computational modeling can offer great insight into the injury mechanisms of the brain due to blunt force trauma. These predictive models can help mold the direction of helmet research and development. This report gives a broad overview of the work that has been done in the area of behind-armor blunt trauma and traumatic brain injury research.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2014