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A data set of bloodstain patterns for teaching and research in bloodstain pattern analysis: Impact beating spatters

Journal: Data in Brief
Published: 2018
Primary Author: Daniel Attinger
Secondary Authors: Yu Liu, Tyler Bybee, Kris De Brabanter
Research Area: Bloodstain

This is a data set of 61 blood spatter patterns scanned at high resolution, generated by controlled impact events corresponding to forensic beating situations. The spatter patterns were realized with two test rigs, to vary the geometry and speed of the impact of a solid object on a blood source – a pool of blood. The resulting atomized blood droplets travelled a set distance towards a poster board sheet, creating a blood spatter. Fresh swine blood was used; its hematocrit and temperature were measured. Main parameters of the study were the impact velocity and the distance between blood source and target sheet, and several other parameters were explored in a less systematic way. This new and original data set is suitable for training or research purposes in the forensic discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis.

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