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Investigation of the THOR Anthropomorphic Test Device for Predicting Occupant Injuries during Spacecraft Launch Aborts and Landing.

Somers JT, Newby N, Lawrence C, DeWeese R, Moorcroft D, Phelps S - Front Bioeng Biotechnol (2014)

Bottom Line: Although all spacecraft designs were considered, the primary focus was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Orion capsule, as the authors have the most knowledge and experience related to this design.In addition, the team down-selected the list of available injury metrics to the following: head injury criteria 15, kinematic brain rotational injury criteria, neck axial tension and compression force, maximum chest deflection, lateral shoulder force and displacement, acetabular lateral force, thoracic spine axial compression force, ankle moments, and average distal forearm speed limits.Musculoskeletal deconditioning due to exposure to reduced gravity over time can affect injury risk during landing; therefore a deconditioning factor was applied to all IARVs.

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Affiliation: Science Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle , Houston, TX , USA.

ABSTRACT
The objective of this study was to investigate new methods for predicting injury from expected spaceflight dynamic loads by leveraging a broader range of available information in injury biomechanics. Although all spacecraft designs were considered, the primary focus was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Orion capsule, as the authors have the most knowledge and experience related to this design. The team defined a list of critical injuries and selected the THOR anthropomorphic test device as the basis for new standards and requirements. In addition, the team down-selected the list of available injury metrics to the following: head injury criteria 15, kinematic brain rotational injury criteria, neck axial tension and compression force, maximum chest deflection, lateral shoulder force and displacement, acetabular lateral force, thoracic spine axial compression force, ankle moments, and average distal forearm speed limits. The team felt that these metrics capture all of the injuries that might be expected by a seated crewmember during vehicle aborts and landings. Using previously determined injury risk levels for nominal and off-nominal landings, appropriate injury assessment reference values (IARVs) were defined for each metric. Musculoskeletal deconditioning due to exposure to reduced gravity over time can affect injury risk during landing; therefore a deconditioning factor was applied to all IARVs. Although there are appropriate injury data for each anatomical region of interest, additional research is needed for several metrics to improve the confidence score.

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Figure 1: Nominal capsule landing orientation with respect to water (land landing similar).

Mentions: The capsule design was the original design chosen for human spaceflight primarily because it is mass efficient and simple. To date, this design has been used for all human spaceflight programs, with the exception of the U.S. Space Shuttle. Capsule vehicles typically land with the crew in a seated positioned reclined 90° from vertical on their back, contacting the impact surface feet first, resulting in a combined +X (eyeballs in) and +Z (eyeballs down) primary landing load (see Figure 1), although landing dynamics are heavily dependent on the specific design and failure modes.


Investigation of the THOR Anthropomorphic Test Device for Predicting Occupant Injuries during Spacecraft Launch Aborts and Landing.

Somers JT, Newby N, Lawrence C, DeWeese R, Moorcroft D, Phelps S - Front Bioeng Biotechnol (2014)

Nominal capsule landing orientation with respect to water (land landing similar).
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Figure 1: Nominal capsule landing orientation with respect to water (land landing similar).
Mentions: The capsule design was the original design chosen for human spaceflight primarily because it is mass efficient and simple. To date, this design has been used for all human spaceflight programs, with the exception of the U.S. Space Shuttle. Capsule vehicles typically land with the crew in a seated positioned reclined 90° from vertical on their back, contacting the impact surface feet first, resulting in a combined +X (eyeballs in) and +Z (eyeballs down) primary landing load (see Figure 1), although landing dynamics are heavily dependent on the specific design and failure modes.

Bottom Line: Although all spacecraft designs were considered, the primary focus was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Orion capsule, as the authors have the most knowledge and experience related to this design.In addition, the team down-selected the list of available injury metrics to the following: head injury criteria 15, kinematic brain rotational injury criteria, neck axial tension and compression force, maximum chest deflection, lateral shoulder force and displacement, acetabular lateral force, thoracic spine axial compression force, ankle moments, and average distal forearm speed limits.Musculoskeletal deconditioning due to exposure to reduced gravity over time can affect injury risk during landing; therefore a deconditioning factor was applied to all IARVs.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Science Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle , Houston, TX , USA.

ABSTRACT
The objective of this study was to investigate new methods for predicting injury from expected spaceflight dynamic loads by leveraging a broader range of available information in injury biomechanics. Although all spacecraft designs were considered, the primary focus was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Orion capsule, as the authors have the most knowledge and experience related to this design. The team defined a list of critical injuries and selected the THOR anthropomorphic test device as the basis for new standards and requirements. In addition, the team down-selected the list of available injury metrics to the following: head injury criteria 15, kinematic brain rotational injury criteria, neck axial tension and compression force, maximum chest deflection, lateral shoulder force and displacement, acetabular lateral force, thoracic spine axial compression force, ankle moments, and average distal forearm speed limits. The team felt that these metrics capture all of the injuries that might be expected by a seated crewmember during vehicle aborts and landings. Using previously determined injury risk levels for nominal and off-nominal landings, appropriate injury assessment reference values (IARVs) were defined for each metric. Musculoskeletal deconditioning due to exposure to reduced gravity over time can affect injury risk during landing; therefore a deconditioning factor was applied to all IARVs. Although there are appropriate injury data for each anatomical region of interest, additional research is needed for several metrics to improve the confidence score.

No MeSH data available.


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