Effect of Pulse Duration on Head Injury

by Nuri Akkas, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Middle East Technical Univ., Ankara, Turkey,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 35-49

Document Type: Journal Paper


The human head is modelled as a fluid-filled spherical sandwich shell. The fluid is inviscid, irrotational, and compressible. The axisymmetric loading function is a timewise Heaviside function with a variable duration. The effect of the pulse duration on skull fracture and brain injury is investigated numerically. Short loading pulses are found to be less damaging. Human tolerance curves are obtained using hypothetical skull fracture and brain injury criteria. The curves follow the some trend as that of the Wayne State Curve.

Subject Headings: Curvature | Accidents | Human factors | Load factors | Cracking | Numerical analysis | Head (fluid mechanics) | Compression

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