Protection Engineering Consultants has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA entitled "Mitigation of Blast Injuries Through Modeling and Simulation".  David Stevens at PEC will lead our project team in the further development of state-of-the-art numerical modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and techniques for investigation of blast injuries in armored tactical vehicles subjected to landmine detonation.  This effort will build on the results of the Phase I study which identified key modeling issues such as high loading rate behavior of materials and bolted and welded connections, human surrogate modeling, and load predictions for landmines. Experimental and analytical approaches will be used to develop improved models which will be compared and validated against live fire and field data for customer selected vehicles and tests.  Key metrics for comparison and validation will be occupant injuries, overall vehicle response, and local deformations.  A successful product will allow the Marine Corps and other DoD activities to accurately assess the effects of design changes for reducing injuries and improving vehicle performance in land mine attacks.  Contact Dr. David Stevens, Matt Barsotti, or Dr. Bryan Bewick for more information regarding advanced modeling and simulation capabilities at PEC.

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