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Anthropometric considerations in human impact tolerance research

In: People on the Move. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 22nd Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, Human Factors Society, 1978, p. 611-615; DOI: 10.1177/1071181378022001160

Authors: D. H. Robbins

The primary experimental methodologies of human impact tolerance research require the availability of anthropometric and other body measurement information. Somewhat standard anthropometric procedures are available to describe human volunteer and general populations exposed to dynamic situations. However, classical anthropometry is inadequate to the task of specifying joint mobility and resistance to force. In addition, no common procedures or lists of useful measurements are available for cadaver or laboratory animal subjects. These factors have led to major shortcomings in the current designs of crash test dummies and the parallel input data sets required for the operation of computerized mathematical crash victim simulations. The paper briefly reviews the problems and the activities being carried out for their resolution.