An adaptive magnetorheological seat suspension (AMSS) was analyzed for optimal protection of occupants from shock loads caused by the impact of a helicopter with the ground. The AMSS system consists of an adaptive linear stroke magnetorheological shock absorber (MRSA) integrated into the seat structure of a helicopter. The MRSA provides a large controllability yield force to accommodate a wide spectrum for shock mitigation. A multiple degrees-of-freedom nonlinear biodynamic model for a 50th percentile male occupant was integrated with the dynamics of MRSA and the governing equations of motion were investigated theoretically. The load-stroke profile of MRSA was optimized with the goal of minimizing the potential for injuries. The MRSA yield force and the shock absorber stroke limitations were the most crucial parameters for improved biodynamic response mitigation. An assessment of injuries based on established injury criteria for different body parts was carried out.
The purpose of this project is to develop a software system to provide feedback to radiologists and other clinicians from interventional procedures in which they participate. Using Health Level Seven (HL7) traffic between the anatomy/pathology information system and other major information systems, we were able to develop a semi-automatic 'tickler' system that can notify clinicians of pathology results as well as the absence of pathology results after a specified time interval. By using this system, radiologists can get more rapid feedback concerning their interpretations and thereby learn to distinguish false positive from true positive cases. Potentially, fewer patients would fall through the follow-up cracks when using our system versus a paper-based method. The system demonstrates, among other things, how HL7 information can be a powerful tool at an institution when used for purposes for which it was not intentionally designed.