Dynamic external deformation of the human torso region has been shown to induce traumatic injury to underlying anatomical structures. Previous experiments utilizing post-mortem human specimens (PMHS) have correlated biomechanical response, e.g., compression and V*C, to risk of injury as observed during post-test autopsy [1]. Biomechanical measurements are often obtained from the chestband device, a flexible steel belt instrumented circumferentially with strain gages. From bending strain signals, chestband contours are derived which represent external torso deformation patterns in the transverse plane [2]. Although injury outcomes are correlated to biomechanical metrics as measured by the chestband [1], it is desirable to establish a relationship between deformation behaviors and tissue-level response throughout the impact event. Consequently, a computational model was developed and validated for examinations of viscoelastic tissue response to external deformation as measured by the chestband.

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