Date of Completion

Spring 4-29-2016

Thesis Advisor(s)

Ki Chon

Honors Major

Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Medical Specialties


Primary underwater explosions are particularly dangerous because of the water properties relative to air, and the resulting pathologies presents difficulty in determining their etiologies. The whole body is affected by the blast wave and the survivor is considered a trauma patient. The exact mechanism of injury is not well understood. In the literature, there are inconsistencies between the explosive and the resulting outcome of the experimental animals. Primary lung blast injuries is the leading cause of mortality in underwater explosions and this explores the different pathologies, symptoms, and treatments that are currently available.