A methodology for assessing blast protection in explosive ordnance disposal bomb suits.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

To reduce human casualties associated with explosive ordnance disposal, a wide range of protective wear has been designed to shield against the blast effects of improvised explosive devices and munitions. In this study, 4 commercially available bomb suits, representing a range of materials and armor masses, were evaluated against 0.227 and 0.567 kg of spherical C-4 explosives to determine the level of protection offered to the head, neck, and thorax. A Hybrid III dummy, an instrumented human surrogate [1], was tested with and without protection from the 4 commercially available bomb suits. 20 tests with the dummy torso mounted to simulate a kneeling position were performed to confirm repeatability and robustness of the dummies, as well as to evaluate the 4 suits. Correlations between injury risk assessments based on past human or animal injury model data and various parameters such as bomb suit mass, projected area, and dummy coverage area were drawn.

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Cited Authors

  • Bass, CRD; Davis, M; Rafaels, K; Rountree, MS; Harris, RM; Sanderson, E; Andrefsky, W; DiMarco, G; Zielinski, M

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 347 - 361

PubMed ID

  • 16329779

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2376-9130

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1080-3548

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10803548.2005.11076655


  • eng