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Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics

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Data in Brief




This is a data set of blood spatter patterns scanned at high resolution, generated in controlled experiments. The spatter patterns were generated with a rifle or a handgun, and different ammunitions. The resulting atomized blood droplets travelled opposite to the bullet direction, generating a gunshot backspatter on a poster board target sheet. Fresh blood with anticoagulants was used; its hematocrit and temperature were measured. Main parameters of the study were the bullet shape, size and speed, and the distance between the blood source and target sheet. 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.


This is a manuscript of an article published as Attinger, Daniel, Yu Liu, Ricky Faflak, Yalin Rao, Bryce A. Struttman, Kris De Brabanter, Patrick M. Comiskey, and Alex L. Yarin. "A data set of bloodstain patterns for teaching and research in bloodstain pattern analysis: Gunshot backspatters." Data in Brief (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2018.11.075. Posted with permission.

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