Exposure to blasts may result in numerous injuries that are complex, and not well described. Blasts may damage the human body by the effects of the shock wave, by penetration with flying fragments, and by the body being thrown into other objects. It is important to be able to reproduce these injuries in a well-controlled fashion in order to understand more fully how these unique injuries occur, and to design better treatment and personal protection approaches to avoid the negative long-term after-effects suffered by those injured by blasts. An April 2018 article in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps , authored by researchers at The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College of London, reports on a range of experimental devices that have been developed for different blast injury models, their working methods, and main uses. These devices include the shock tube, split-Hopkinson bars, the gas gun, drop towers and custom underbody blast simulators. The authors include several key messages for those planning and conducting research to better understand blast-related injuries:
Nguyen T-T, Pearce AP, Carpanen D, et al. (2018). Experimental platforms to study blast injury. J R Army Med Corps. Published Online First: 24 May 2018. doi:10.1136/jramc-2018-000966
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