Blood is a common type of evidence found in violent crime scenes. The location and patterns of bloodstains are often used to confirm or refute suspect or witness accounts of the circumstances or sequence events related to a bloodletting incident. Given the complex nature of both real world environments and the fluid itself, a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of blood drop formation and flight require basic research into these phenomena. This research project will focus on the characterization of the variables that affect droplet formation and flight as a result of objects striking blood pools, resulting in impact spatter.
Mentor: David Baldwin, Ames Laboratory Interim Deputy Director; Director, Midwest Forensics Resource Center