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

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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.