Reassessing the Representative Heuristic of the Plywood Ballistic Mannequin Used in Live-Fire Testing

Report No. ARL-TR-7274
Authors: Matthew B Kaufman; Linda LC Moss
Date/Pages: April 2015; 96 pages
Abstract: This endeavor addressed 2 efforts: 1) to determine if the materials of construction of the current plywood ballistic mannequin (or manikin) should be more closely controlled and 2) to revise the US Army Ballistic Research Laboratory plywood ballistic mannequin to more closely reflect the current US Army male population. Despite the changeability of materials of construction and design of the plywood ballistic mannequin, no previous US Army effort has ever been made to quantify this variability and its possible effect on live-fire testing analyses. The US Army Research Laboratorys Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate recommends a revised plywood ballistic mannequin be employed in future live-fire testing when US Army personnel vulnerability is to be assessed.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2015