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The Blast Gauge™ System as a Research Tool to Quantify Blast Overpressure in Complex Environments

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Michael H. Ostertag, Matthew Kenyon, David A. Borkholder

BlackBox Biometrics, Inc., Rochester, NY

General Lee, Gary Kamimori

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD

Uade da Silva

Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD

Paper No. IMECE2013-65138, pp. V03AT03A017; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3A: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5621-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Tactical officers and military personnel who train in explosive entry techniques regularly put themselves at risk of blast exposure. The overpressure conditions in complex military and law enforcement environments, such as interior doors, hallways, and stairwells, cannot be accurately predicted by standard blast models which were developed from outdoor, free-field blasts. In both training and operations, small, low-cost blast overpressure sensors would provide the benefit of tracking exposure levels of at-risk individuals. The sensors would allow, for the first time, direct determination of safe stand-off distances and positioning for personnel during explosive breaching. Overpressure, impulse, and acceleration data has been captured for a series of interior and exterior blasts, demonstrating the utility of the Blast Gauge system as a training and research tool to quantify blast overpressure in complex environments.

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