International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 121, Issue 2, pp 143–146

A finite element model investigation of gunshot injury

  • Jean-Sébastien Raul
  • Caroline Deck
  • Franck Meyer
  • Annie Geraut
  • Rémy Willinger
  • Bertrand Ludes
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DOI: 10.1007/s00414-005-0070-x

Cite this article as:
Raul, JS., Deck, C., Meyer, F. et al. Int J Legal Med (2007) 121: 143. doi:10.1007/s00414-005-0070-x

Abstract

Multiple gunshot suicide can be a controversial subject mainly because of wrong opinions concerning immediate incapacitation or alleged backwards hurling. For the last 20 years, experts in medicine and physics have tried to demonstrate what really happens during a gunshot wound. Different methods have been used to achieve this aim such as basic physics or the use of empirical evidence. In this paper, using a finite element model of the human head, we demonstrate that no incapacitation or backwards hurling can occur from a gunshot fired between the eyes which did not enter the cerebrum.

Keywords

Forensic science Human head Biomechanics of impact Finite elements Suicide 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Sébastien Raul
    • 1
    • 2
  • Caroline Deck
    • 2
  • Franck Meyer
    • 2
  • Annie Geraut
    • 1
  • Rémy Willinger
    • 2
  • Bertrand Ludes
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Médecine LégaleStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Institut de Mécanique des Fluides et des SolidesStrasbourgFrance

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