In what reads like a Hollywood script, MRIGlobal is developing a first-of-its-kind robotic mannequin that will enable testing and evaluation of personal protective equipment against chemical warfare agents.
The Individual Protection Ensemble Mannequin System (IPEMS), built for the U.S. Department of Defense, will include a humanoid mannequin, chemical sensing system, and exposure chamber.
The self-balancing, fully articulated IPEMS mannequin will be able to perform a set of realistic human motions, representative of warfighter tasks, while wearing Individual Protective Ensembles (IPE).
When the mannequin is exposed to chemical warfare agents sarin and mustard gas in an environmental test chamber, chemical sensors located under the IPE will measure the concentration of chemical agents in real time.
MRIGlobal is serving as the prime contractor on this program and is responsible for systems engineering, test planning, sensor selection, material compatibility analysis, safety, system commissioning, and program management.