There is a need to study the biomechanical response of the head to blunt ballistic impact. While the frequency of less-lethal munition impacts to the head may be less than other vital body regions, more serious injuries have been attributed to these impacts. This study aims to establish biomechanical response corridors for the temporo-parietal region for future development of biomechanical surrogate devices. Seven unembalmed post-mortem human subject specimens were exposed to blunt ballistic temporo-parietal head impact (103 g, 38 mm diameter impactor) to determine the force-time, deformation-time, and force-deformation responses. Comparisons were made to responses from prior blunt ballistic head impact studies, as well as automotive-related impact studies. Peak forces for impact condition A were with deformations at peak force of . Peak forces for impact condition B were with deformations at peak force of . Seven fractures were produced in the seven specimens. Depressed comminuted fracture types were documented in six of the seven cases. The average stiffness of the temporo-parietal region under blunt ballistic impact was . Stiffness results indicate that the response of the temporo-parietal region is similar to the forehead under blunt ballistic loading conditions. In addition, the response is significantly less stiff when compared with temporo-parietal impacts performed in automotive-related studies. These data provide the foundation for future research in the area of blunt ballistic head impact research including the development of biomechanical surrogates and computational models.
Development of Biomechanical Response Corridors of the Head to Blunt Ballistic Temporo-Parietal Impact
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Raymond, D., Crawford, G., Van Ee, C., and Bir, C. (August 28, 2009). "Development of Biomechanical Response Corridors of the Head to Blunt Ballistic Temporo-Parietal Impact." ASME. J Biomech Eng. September 2009; 131(9): 094506. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3194751
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