Most of the users of the High Explosive Damage Assessment Model (HEXDAM) software are concerned with personnel safety and the effects of an explosion on the human body. For that reason we have developed the HEXDAM Man software, designed for use with HEXDAM. A number of technical papers have been published dealing with our work in this area.
As indicated below, the HEXDAM Man consists of a collection of seventeen external and twenty-eight internal components.
Poses are specified by the position of the external components, which serve as containers for the internal components. Injury assessment is only concerned with internal components. The standard HEXDAM Man corresponds to a six-foot tall man with a weight of 180 pounds. The HEXDAM Man can be placed anywhere in an existing problem scenario in any one of forty-four different predefined positions, as summarized below:
In addition, the user can easily develop an unlimited number of additional user-defined positions. Furthermore, there is no limit to the number of HEXDAM Men which can be added to a scenario, as shown in the HEXDAM MAN demonstration. The damage or injury resulting from an explosion is predicted for each part of the HEXDAM Man, as shown in the HEXDAM MAN demonstration. Such predictions are based on the most accurate available data describing the vulnerability of the human body to blast.
Not only does the HEXDAM Man provide a means of predicting injury to personnel, but also it provides a means by which the relative size of a structure or facility can be readily established.
Recently, we entered into a working agreement with Trinity Consultants, leading to the development of HEXDAM 6.0 and 7.0 versions of our explosive safety software.
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