Assessment of Lower Leg Injury from Land Mine Blast – Phase 1: Test Results using a Frangible Surrogate Leg with Assorted Protective Footwear and Comparison with Cadaver Test Data


  1. Bergeron, D.M.
  2. Coley, G.G.
  3. Fall, R.W.
  4. Anderson, I.B.
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Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
In 1999, the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT) sponsored a series of tests involving the detonation of 25 anti-personnel blast mines against a frangible leg model. The model was fitted with various footwear and additional protective equipment. The aim of these tests was to assess whether this model could be used for routine tests of protective footwear against mine blast. The report describes the frangible leg and compares it to its human counterpart. It then presents an overview of the physics of mine blast and the devastating effects on the human leg. Details of the test setup and procedures are described so that the reader might better interpret the test results. These tests involved medical staff, including two surgeons that had operated on mine blast victims, to examine the frangible legs and determine probable medical outcomes. These results are compared to a database of mine blast injury against human cadavers to identify the strengths and limitations of the frangible leg model. It was found that this frangible leg model has potential to be a good testing tool, provided some modifications are implemented, and further testing be carried out to properly calibrate the response of the modified model against the database of mine injuries.

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Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies;Test and Evaluation;Anti personnel landmine;Humanitarian demining;CCMAT;Land mine;Blast;Frangible surrogate leg;Protective footwear;Combat boot;Wellco;Spider boot;Lower Extremity Assessment Program;Demining;LEAP;FSL
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-TR-2006-051 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2006
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