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Investigation of Footwear for Protection Against Land Mines

Author: MacDonald, John L.
Corporate Author: Armour Research Foundation
Corporate Report Number: ARF 8249 Annual Progress Report
Date of Publication: 1962-11
Pages: 21
Contract: DA 49-193-nd-2247
AD Number: AD0289258
Original AD Number: AD-289 258

The development of protective footwear that is resistant to small anti-personnel mine blast effects is discussed. One objective is to determine the degree of protection or attenuation which must be provided by the protective footwear. This objective is related to the damage threshold or capabilities of the foot to tolerate abrupt impulsive loadings and the physical characteristics of the exploding mine. Accordingly, this program was established to provide a device which would simulate a controlled explosive environment to be used for the assessment of the damage threshold of an unprotected human foot. An additional objective is the determination of the pressure-time and impulse generated by an anti-personnel mine. The M-14 anti-personnal mine is to be used for this investigation.

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