Simulations Under Uncertainty for Occupant Safety for a Vehicle Subjected to a Blast Load 2006-01-0762
One of the main threats to military vehicles originates from landmine blasts. In order to improve the survivability of the occupants it is important to design a military vehicle for increased occupant safety. Simulation technology that combines modeling of the blast loads from the landmine explosion, the response of the vehicle to the blast load, and the loads developed on the members of an occupant are important factors in this effort. Uncertainties from the soil properties can influence the blast loads and thus the occupants' safety. In this paper, principal component analysis along with metamodel theory are employed for developing fast running models for the response functions of interest. The response functions of interest are the time domain loads which are developed on an occupant's members due to the blast. The fast running models allow assessing the probability level associated with injury for an occupant.