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Mobile Medic Interior Seating

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials

OBJECTIVE: The mobile medic interior seating will allow medics to remain safely seated and restrained while enabling them to travel along and around a litter to provide necessary medical care to a wounded Soldier.This can be integrated into any medical vehicle and adapted for usage beyond medics to enable Soldiers to be mobile within the vehicle to perform various missions while maintaining occupant protection.The seating will protect medics during typical injurious scenarios like Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED), underbody blast, top/bottom attacks, crash, and rollover events.

DESCRIPTION: Occupants in the medic position are often not seated or not restrained properly in order to provide the necessary medical care to an injured Soldier.The medic’s seat is typically in a fixed position at the head of the litter and does not allow them to move along the litter to assess the injury and provide care.A new mobile medic seat will travel along and around a litter while allowing them to remain seated and restrained.The system shall be internally mounted in the vehicle and be able to be integrated into an existing vehicle or litter system.The seating system shall accommodate and protect the central 90th percentile Soldier while encumbered.The system shall endure and provide protection during events including, but not limited to: underbody blast, crash, rollover, top/bottom attack, and VBIED.

PHASE I: Define and determine the technical feasibility of developing a mobile medic interior seating system that is lightweight, durable, and will protect the occupants during high energy events while allowing them to be mobile within the vehicle.The system must be capable of containing the central 90th percentile Soldier population while encumbered and durable enough to handle the rugged conditions encountered by ground vehicles.System must be FMVSS 207/210 compliant.The system must, at a minimum, meet FMVSS 208 Injury Criteria (additional Injury Criteria will be provided once on contract) for the following tests: drop tower testing (up to 350g half sine pulse, delta V 10 m/s) and FMVSS Child Seat Corridor Sled Testing (additional testing criteria will be provided once on contract).

PHASE II: Develop and test at least 5 prototype systems that can protect and accommodate the central 90th percentile Soldiers during high energy events including, but not limited to blast, crash, rollover, and VBIED.Based on the findings in Phase I, refine the concept, develop a detailed design, and fabricate simple prototype systems for proof of concept.Identify steps necessary for fully developing a commercially viable system.The system shall be FMVSS 207/210 compliant.The system must, at a minimum, meet FMVSS 208 Injury Criteria (additional Injury Criteria will be provided once on contract) for the following tests: drop tower testing (up to 350g half sine pulse, delta V 10 m/s) and FMVSS 213 Child Seat Corridor Sled Testing.

PHASE III: System can be commercialized to AMPV, in addition to any NGCV or fielded vehicle with a medic position or mission need for an occupant to be mobile. Additional commercialization to private sector vehicles with a need for a mobile occupant like first responder vehicles (ambulance, fire, etc.)

KEYWORDS: Medic, litter, seats, underbody blast, crash, rollover, vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), top/bottom attack, accommodate and protect, central 90th percentile Soldier population

References:

www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA608804; www.arl.army.mil/arlreports/2007/ARL-TR-4236.pdf; http://armypubs.army.mil/doctrine/DR_pubs/dr_a/pdf/atp4_25x13.pdf; http://everyspec.com/MIL-PRF/MIL-PRF-030000-79999/MIL-PRF-32563_55577/

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