Development of the AFRL Biodynamics Data Bank and Web User Interface 2000-01-0162
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Biodynamics Data Bank (BDB) is a Microsoft Access database containing study information and test data on the response of human volunteers and test dummies to impact accelerations. The BDB currently includes general information describing the objective, test matrix, results, and other pertinent information on eighty-six test programs that were conducted on AFRL in-house impact test facilities. These facilities include a vertical deceleration tower, vertical impact device, horizontal impulse accelerator, and horizontal decelerator. Test data collected from over 6,000 impact tests on these facilities are stored in the BDB. The data include acceleration, force, and displacement time histories and peak values, and test environment parameters. Slow-motion videos of the tests are currently being digitized into AVI files, and will soon be included in the BDB. Also included are anthropometry measurements from over 200 human volunteer test subjects. A web user interface, accessible through the Internet, was developed using dynamic HTML and Active Server Page technologies. The interface allows users with a web browser to conduct keyword, anthropometry, and test parameter searches on the BDB, and display the search results. The user can also access and display the time history and video files. In summary, the BDB provides the means for researchers to easily access and review large portions of the accumulated wealth of AFRL impact test data. The data then can be used in conjunction with other analysis tools to assess the potential for injury to humans in a dynamic impact environment.