WIAMan Development Program - Objectives and Rationale
The WIAMan project team logo represents the movement forward in technology in manikin design. Former manikins used based on designs from the automotive industry. RDECOM and academic researchers are cooperating with new designs for manikins to be used for underbody blasts.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (Sept. 11, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command uses data from Iraq and Afghanistan war injuries with new biomedical and sensor improvements to create a new manikin to with industry, academia, Army Medical Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Purpose:
Create a Warrior-representative test dummy and associated biomedically-validated injury assessment tools for use in live-fire test and evaluation and vehicle development efforts.

Results:
• A test dummy to provide an operationally relevant state of the art Soldier surrogate
• Human response for individual body regions that inform the concurrent design of the test dummy
• A robust set of baseline data for blast events and resultant injuries
• Realistic accelerative injury response curves and analytical methods based on realistic vehicle environment in Under Body Blast testing
• Input to vehicle/weapon system designs to improve survivability

Payoff:
• Ability to accurately measure accelerative loads caused by Under Body Blast testing
• Increased knowledge of Warrior vulnerability in Under Body Blast testing
• State of the art criteria, methodologies and metrics used to assess injuries from accelerative loading sustained during Under Body Blast testing
• Potential for enhanced vehicle and soldier survivability

--
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

Page last updated Tue September 17th, 2013 at 10:58