Learn More
OBJECTIVES Recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted the wartime effect of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The reason for the prominence of TBI in these particular conflicts as opposed to others is unclear but may result from the increased survivability of blast due to improvements in body armor. In the military context blunt,(More)
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury is the most prevalent military injury in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet little is known about the mechanical effects of blasts on the human head, and still less is known about how personal protective equipment affects the brain's response to blasts. In this study we investigated the effect of the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH)(More)
We propose a robust computational method for the coupled simulation of a compressible high-speed flow interacting with a highly flexible thin-shell structure. A standard Eulerian finite volume formulation on a fixed Cartesian mesh is used for the fluid, and a Lagrangian formulation based on subdivision finite elements on an unstructured mesh is used for the(More)
We present an artificial viscosity scheme tailored to finite-deformation Lagrangian calculations of shocks in materials with or without strength on unstructured tetrahedral meshes of arbitrary order. The artificial vis-cous stresses are deviatoric and satisfy material-frame indifference exactly. We have assessed the performance of the method on selected(More)
Blast attacks have become the most pervasive threat in both civil and military contexts. However, there is currently a limited understanding of the mechanisms of loading, damage and failure of structures, and injury to humans produced by blast. This thesis seeks to advance our current understanding of the mechanisms of blast loading on structures. Towards(More)
The effect of blast on biological tissue is well documented for particular organ systems such as the lung. This is not the case for the CNS, where the mechanism of CNS injury following a detonation and blast wave is unclear. The effect of blast on traumatic brain injury (TBI) has come into particular focus with the Global War on Terror and Operation Iraqi(More)
The Center for Simulating Dynamic Response of Materials at the California Institute of Technology is constructing a virtual shock physics facility for studying the response of various target materials to very strong shocks. The Virtual Test Facility (VTF) is an end-to-end, fully three-dimensional simulation of the detonation of high explosives (HE), shock(More)
A method of unstructured tetrahedral-mesh generation for general three-dimensional domains is presented. A c o n ventional boundary representation is adopted as the basis for the description of solids with evolving geometry and topology. The geometry of surfaces is represented either analytically of by piecewise polynomial interpolation. A preliminary(More)
Recent studies have shown an increase in the frequency of traumatic brain injuries related to blast exposure. However, the mechanisms that cause blast neurotrauma are unknown. Blast neurotrauma research using computational models has been one method to elucidate that response of the brain in blast, and to identify possible mechanical correlates of injury.(More)