Thermal Imaging Camera
The Fluke Ti-45 thermal imaging camera is used to inspect the composite shells of helmets to locate soft spots and structural imperfections after impact during a mishap. This is a new method developed by the ALSERP personnel which replaces the ‘quarter tap test’ to more accurately locate areas of damage.
Inertia Reel G-Tester
This piece of equipment is unique to the USAARL with less than five in existence world-wide. It is designed to test inertia reels to ensure the webbing and housing acceleration criteria are met. In addition to testing aviation inertia reels, the G-Tester can also be used to test ground vehicle inertia reels.
Man-Rated Multi-Axis Ride Simulator (MARS)
This facility provides a unique capability to simulate the ride of any tracked/wheeled vehicle or aircraft. The simulator is linked with multichannel physiological monitoring, biomechanical measurement, and human performance assessment systems. Major overhauls of facility data acquisition systems, observation chamber, and MARS enclosure have been completed.
Aviation Life Support Equipment Retrieval Program (ALSERP) Data Base
This unique data base has been assembled from Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal government rotary-wing accidents (1976 until present). The database contains life support equipment performance as assessed by equipment retrieved from accidents. These data are supported by documentation on injury, insult mechanisms, and accident kinematics. No other laboratory or agency, federal or civilian, has compiled such an extensive database that can be used to justify or recommend advancements in protection requirements for future aviation systems.
Helmet Impact and Retention Testing Facility
The facility includes a monorail impact tower with various anvils and headforms; a free-fall impact tower with tri-axis impact anvil experimental system; a mass properties instrument; a Tinius Olsen quasi-static test machine; an Instron quasi-static materials tester; a high-speed camera system; and a dynamic mini-sled system for helmet impact testing, retention testing, and measurement of mass distribution properties of protective helmets.
Aeromedical Equipment Test Facility
This facility consists of an electromagnetic interference chamber, an altitude chamber, four environmental chambers (heat, cold, dry, and wet), a vibration table, and a UH-60 BlackHawk aircraft configured for MEDEVAC.