Design optimization with respect to ergonomic properties


This paper introduces the idea of engineering design optimization with respect to ergonomic properties. The optimization is based on a detailed inverse dynamic analysis of the motion and forces of the human body. The problem of muscle recruitment calculation in inverse dynamics is introduced and solved via a min/max optimality criterion. The implementation of this criterion in the body modelling system AnyBody is described, and the use of the system is demonstrated on the sample problem of designing a hand saw. We conclude that the methodology is applicable but dependent on anthropometrically accurate body models.

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Received April 18, 2001

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Rasmussen, J., Damsgaard, M., Christensen, S. et al. Design optimization with respect to ergonomic properties. Struct Multidisc Optim 24, 89–97 (2002).

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  • Key words: simulation, optimization inverse dynamics, multibody biomechanics, hand saw