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Thorax tolerance limits under dynamic loadings – REELTHOR

Submission summary

The human tolerance limits under impact loadings has been studied mainly in the automotive safety. In addition to problems related to road safety, another aspect which has to be considered is the defense topic. Recent military conflicts and terrorist actions are multiplying worldwide as seen recently in France with terrorist attacks, confirming a radical change of threats and their action’s modes. Today the context of a "double threat" (ballistic and blast) in conflict is studied in parallel in order to identify critical issues and key parameters to be considered for the development and implementation of individual equipment in order to be more efficient. In vitro / in vivo experimentations will be conducted in the present project both on lung tissue and chest. Numerical simulations with a porcine finite element model will be conducted in order to establish robust tolerance limits to specific chest mechanisms. The ultimate goal is to be able to predict chest injury risks against an identified threat and to evaluate the capabilities of protective systems to limit these risks. Therefore the final result of this project is a methodology for protective material evaluation and optimization based on advanced animal and human modelling.

Project coordinator

Madame Caroline DECK (Laboratoire des sciences de l'Ingénieur, de l'Informatique et de l'Imagerie - Université de Strasbourg)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


IRBA Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées (Ministère de la Défense)
ICube - UNISTRA Laboratoire des sciences de l'Ingénieur, de l'Informatique et de l'Imagerie - Université de Strasbourg

Help of the ANR 297,588 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 36 Months

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