BTG Research

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Wound Ballistics

BTG research in wound ballistics has focused on projectile-tissue interactions with emphasis on understanding remote neurological effects of shear and compressive stress waves (ballistic pressure waves, hydrostatic shock). We have developed simple empirical models identifying remote neural effects in published data sets and in our own experiments. This work has implications for ammunition selection in law enforcement and military applications and also for understanding the propagation of pressure waves through the body, which is relevant to blast injury and behind armor effects as well as penetrating ballistic injury.

Current and future work focuses on development of more effective projectiles for rapid incapacitation as well as development, selection, and testing of more effective body armor to keep U.S. warriors and security personnel in the fight by reducing behind armor blunt trauma (BABT).

   
Publications
Links Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Ballistic Pressure Waves Originating in the Thoracic Cavity and Extremities
Comments on "Ballistics: A Primer for the Surgeon"
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
A Review of Criticisms of Ballistic Pressure Wave Experiments, the Strasbourg Goat Tests, and the Marshall and Sanow Data
Ballistic Pressure Wave Contributions to Rapid Incapacitation in the Strasbourg Goat Tests
Relative Incapacitation Contributions of Pressure Wave and Wound Channel in the Marshall and Sanow Data Set
Misleading Reference to Unpublished Wound Ballistics Data Regarding Distant Injuries
A Method for Testing Handgun Bullets in Deer

 

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