Kinetic Energy Non-Lethal Weapons Testing Methodology – Skin Penetration Assessment

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Authors
  1. Anctil, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN);Biokinetics and Associates Ltd, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Material variability and difficulty in data interpretation have been identified as major limitations for the surrogate proposed in the draft NIJ standard to assess the risk of skin penetration by kinetic energy non-lethal weapons. Experimental trials were conducted in the current study to identify an alternative material to solve these issues. The results indicated that one layer of a thermoplastic polyurethane film (400 ìm thick) provides similar penetration limits (V50) to the natural chamois currently specified in the draft standard. In addition, it was found that the foam layer of the NIJ skin-soft tissue surrogate can be removed without affecting the penetration limit (V50) obtained when using the thermoplastic polyurethane film as the first layer. The findings of this study suggest that the current surrogate can be modified to simplify the setup and analysis techniques while providing similar outcomes.
Keywords
Blunt Trauma;NLW;Kinetic Energy NLW;Skin;penetration
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C300 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA042836
CANDIS No
804731
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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