Mitigation of Blast Injuries through Modeling and Simulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-13-C-0223
Agency Tracking Number: N101-001-0659
Amount: $749,984.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-001
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Reaction Engineering International
77 West 200 South, Suite 210, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Swensen
 VP. Technology Developmen
 (801) 364-6925
Business Contact
 David Swensen
Title: VP. Technology Developmen
Phone: (801) 364-6925
Research Institution
With the current state of world events, the threat of buried explosives used against military vehicles is more pronounced than ever before. The introduction of the MRAP and MTVR vehicles have helped mitigate this threat to a degree, but military personnel continue to suffer from both death and serious bodily injury as a result of IED/mine explosions. To address this need, improved comprehensive simulation capabilities are needed to help design improved safety components for vehicle occupants. The proposed effort, which builds on previous work performed under US Army funding, will develop next-generation simulation capabilities to better predict the effects of buried explosives on ground vehicles and occupants. Blast and soil modeling will be performed using advanced simulation tools developed as part of the DoE ASCI program at the University of Utah and the vehicles will be modeled with the LS-DYNA FE code. Occupant modeling will be performed using LS-DYNA. The final product of the Phase II will be a micro-coupled MPMICE-LS-DYNA model, which leverages the best capabilities of each simulation tool. Comparisons will be made between simulations of the MTVR exposed to a buried threat and live-fire test data for the same configuration.

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