Boooooom! A bomb goes off on the battlefield, and it is instantly proceeded by the unfortunate casualties of war. Limbs are lost, and soldiers are killed, yet not all of the injuries are an effect of bomb fragmentation. Many injuries to solders in the vicinity of an explosion are caused by the substantial and rapid air pressure change that results from a blast of a high-order explosive, such as C4 or TNT. These shock waves, have the ability to penetrate a soldiers helmet and cause significant brain damage or even death.
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‚Piece‘ of Mind
A team of researchers from the Army Research Laboratory and a number of universities are taking a physics-based approach to understanding traumatic brain injuries. They’re partnering with military medical experts like those at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and others to understand the relationship between blast events – like explosions after an IED detonates – and brain injury. In this episode of Inside the Lab, ARL explores unique research approaches to understand how traumatic brain injuries occur, the challenges in detecting and diagnosing traumatic brain injuries and the obstacles Army and university researchers are attempting to overcome to find protection solutions to mitigate the effects of shock waves. Among the research approaches is looking at slices of rodent brains – one piece at a time – to learn the mysteries of blasts’ impact on the human brain.
(Quelle: Youtube / U.S. Army Research Laboratory)