Throwaway Soft Body Armour for Hybrid III Mannequins. Material Tests and Concept Development

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Authors
  1. Fall, R.W.
  2. Soar, R.J.
  3. Ceh, M.W.J.
  4. Bergeron, D.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Pacific Safety Products Inc, Kelowna BC (Canada)
Abstract
Since 1999 the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT) used anthropomorphic mannequins to test Personal Protective Equipment and to study anti-personnel (AP) mine blast effects. During these tests, it was observed that the silicon rubber skin of the mannequin is susceptible to damage from high-velocity soil fragments and the expanding hot gases that result from the detonation of the explosive. To protect the mannequins, CCMAT contracted the services of Pacific Safety Products Inc. to produce lightweight disposable body armour. During the development of this armour, a number of materials were subjected to blast tests consistent with that would be experienced by a mannequin. This report presents the data gathered during these material tests. The data includes a qualitative analysis of the materials tested as well as pre and post trial photographs of selected samples and witness panels. The reader is cautioned against attaching a physiological interpretation to the data herein. While the data is sufficient to select an appropriate material for the protection of the mannequins, it cannot be related directly to human protection without further study. This is beyond the scope of the present report.

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Keywords
CCMAT (Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies);AP blast effects;AP landmines;Sand type;Hybrid III Mannequin Soft Body Armour;Blast ejecta protection
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-TM-2002-108 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2002
Number of Pages
43
DSTKIM No
CA022363
CANDIS No
519220
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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