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Blood On the Sand: Somali Pirates vs. Medellin Drug Cartel

by MariShapiro   June 08, 2010 at 11:58AM  |  Views: 468

Car Bomb Test

As you can imagine it's difficult finding enough high explosives to recreate an actual Medellin car bomb in the State of California. So, we took the show on the road to the State of Nevada for this episode where you can pretty much do anything you want...like recreate a Medellin car bomb. You have to see this test to believe it, but we essentially cut a car in two with only a fraction of TNT the cartel actually used. Now, after you watch what happens to the car in Tuesday's match-up, imagine or calculate yourself with "real" Deadliest Warrior software what the 1,100 pounds of car bomb would have done.

Science of Explosions

Thankfully, scientists have been blowing things up for years. Measuring things like overpressure, shock front velocity, and types of injuries that occur at each level. Because of those measurements software exists so you can readily calculate many blast parameters by just knowing the type of explosive, amount of explosive, and the target standoff distance ("INPUTS" to calculations). Now, if you're super awesome...you know a little bit about how/when/at what level the body is injured at particular overpressures (e.g. 5 psi - ear drum rupture all the way up to about +100 psi that tends to rip limbs from the body and can be lethal).  If you're really interested in this stuff you can download my published blast article entitled Blast-Induced Neurotrauma: Surrogate Use, Loading Mechanisms, and Cellular Responses and play around with the "INPUTS" of this "real" software that have been used on Deadliest Warrior tests to see what kind of numbers 1,100 pounds of TNT would have generated.

Have fun!

--Geoff Desmoulin

Don't forget to check out Deadliest Warrior: The Game for exclusive previews and walk throughs of the game's development and what you can expect when it hits shelves July 15th