Imperial Blast Biomechanics & Biophysics

Blast Biomechanics considers the behaviour of the human skeleton under high impulse loading (such that is seen in a blast environment). Our interest in such behaviour stems from the ever increased casualties due to blast from recent conflicts. Since World War I, explosions have accounted for over 70% of all injuries in conflict. With the development of improved personnel protection of the torso, improved medical care and faster aeromedical evacuation, casualties are surviving with more severe injuries to the extremities. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has become the leading cause of death of UK and Coalition troops. Developing improved protective measures has become a core research focus in reducing the injury burden of the combat soldier.

***Announcement – 7 December 2011***

The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London (CBIS) has been launched. This Centre has been spawned from the Imperial Blast Research Group and thus, from this date this webpage will cease to be updated; new updates will be on the CBIS website.

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The Imperial Blast Biomechanics & Biophysics Research Group, through the unique collaboration between Imperial College Researchers and the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, is able to bring together experts from clinical, military, engineering and science fields in order to propose solutions on how we can best design, protect and educate against high impulse events to ultimately reduce casualties and improve surgical reconstruction.

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