Model Behavior: ARL advances research to save lower extremities

April 03, 2012

Underbelly blasts to military vehicles from improvised explosives cause severe Soldier injuries including bone fractures, ligament tears, or muscle ruptures. From its Aberdeen Proving Ground facilities, ARL scientists and engineers are developing a physics-based high-resolution anatomic computational model for the human legs to accurately predict critical injury mechanisms that may result from vehicular underbelly blast and the burden of force on that area added simply from a large velocity impulse.

Their work, called finite element modeling of the lower extremity, researchers say, will eventually further provide the Army the best available information to design and field Soldier equipment and systems that enhance survivability . like ARL's work on improving armor and protection for combat vehicles.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: April 3, 2012