Utilization of Shock Tubes in Blast Injury Research

  • Ibolja CernakEmail author
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 149)


Accumulating evidence shows the overwhelming prevalence of explosive injuries in current military actions. This underlines the pressing need for better understanding the mechanisms, progress, and outcomes of injuries caused by explosions and thus for intensified experimental research. Since a full understanding of blast physics is a prerequisite for developing and using appropriate experimental models, this chapter provides a short overview on the physics of blast. , Additionally, high attention is paid to detailing the requirements for adequate shock tube setups capable of reproducing militarily and clinically relevant conditions guided by real-life blast scenarios and mimicking meaningful biological responses.

Key words

Blast Overpressure Blast injury Shock tube Experimental models Blast-induced neurotrauma 


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