This Blast Test Dummy Will Be Used For Military Vehicle Blast Testing

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 14, 2015
References: dtsweb & gizmag
The WIAMan (Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin) is a cutting-edge blast test dummy, being developed by California-based Diversified Technical Systems, that is the first instrumented dummy designed specifically for use in military vehicle blast testing.

The dummy uses biomedical sensors along with military casualty data from two of the USA's most recent battlefields, Iraq and Afghanistan. It aids the assessment of underbody blast waves caused by land mines and improvised explosive devices -- regular automotive crash dummies aren't able to do this as they are engineered for front and side vehicle impacts rather than below-vehicle forces.

While it's very common to use dummies for crash tests, radiation protection studies, fireproof garment evaluation and medical research, there has never before been a fully sensor-fitted blast test dummy designed for studying the effects of blasts on occupants of military vehicles.