ARL hosts accelerative loading workshop

February 22, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The three-day workshop focused on the "Numerical Analysis of Human and Surrogate Response to Accelerative Loading," which looks at how the human body responds to blast events
  • Research is aimed at keeping Soldiers safe

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 5, 2016) – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory hosted a technical workshop attended by 170 researchers from nine countries, 14 universities, 13 industrial partners, as well as many other government agencies at the Mallette Auditorium, Jan. 12-14.

The three-day workshop focused on the "Numerical Analysis of Human and Surrogate Response to Accelerative Loading," which looks at how the human body responds to blast events, and was co-sponsored by the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin, or WIAMan, Engineering Office and the Blast Protection for Platforms and Personnel Institute, or BP3I.

"Discussions addressed the assessment of existing injury criteria, methods for quantifying model validation, scaling techniques for modeling the broad anthropometric spectrum of the Soldier population, and novel imaging techniques for documenting injury," said Dr. Michael Kleinberger, acting branch chief for the Soldier Protection Sciences Branch in the ARL Weapons and Materials Research Directorate.

Kleinberger said his research is aimed at keeping Soldiers safe.

"We simulate human response to blast loading and evaluate the effectiveness of existing and prototype protective technologies," he said.

The group hopes to develop detailed multi-scale computational models of the human anatomy to better understand mechanisms and thresholds of injury.

"We have had a number of requests from the universities in attendance for potential collaboration," Kleinberger said. "This definitely fits into our Open Campus program."

Open Campus is a laboratory initiative to become more collaborative with industry and academia with the goal of building a science and technology ecosystem.

Kleinberger said the event supports the Sciences for Lethality and Protection Campaign, which is one of ARL's core competencies. Attendees to the workshop, the second ever held, included representatives from across ARL, researchers from the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Program Executive Office Soldier, U.S. Army Medical Command, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, NASA and several foreign defense agencies.

"The gaps identified at the workshop will drive the community to make better informed and coordinated investments," Kleinberger said.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: February 22, 2016