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Digital Humans for Ergonomic design of products

Objective

Ergonomic evaluation of a product requires building up a physical mock-up or a prototype, having a group of experts or a representative sample of users to test it and to give their discomfort feeling. This is an expensive and time-consuming process. Digital Mock-Ups together with Digital Human Models, are more and more used in the early phase of product design for reducing the product development time and cost. In order to help the designer to evaluate the future product, the digital human should ideally behave like human beings, not only in terms of anthropometry but also in terms of motion, discomfort perception and work related tissue injury. So the main objective of the project is to develop more advanced digital humans for ergonomic design of products (DHErgo), which are capable of: 1) Evaluating the discomfort based on advanced musculoskeletal models of the human body, 2) Simulating a population behaviour especially including age effects, 3) Simulating the interaction of the human body with the task-related environment, 4) Proposing design variants even for applications subjected to restricted resources and 5) Demonstration of productive usage. To achieve this objective, the project will mainly develop a generic biomechanical human model for modelling motion induced discomfort. As motion is generated by the contraction of muscles, only kinematic parameters can not explain perceived discomfort. Dynamic and muscular parameters must also be investigated. The development of such a generic dynamic human musculoskeletal model will rely on existing data and computerized human models. A European consortium composed of complementary expertises is the only way to collect data and to validate models for industrial applications. Automotive industry is one of most active end-users of digital human simulation tool, because of high pressure for reducing time-to-market and cost. The final results of the project will be demonstrated through case studies related to car design.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EUROPE RECHERCHE TRANSPORT
Address
Avenue Francois Mitterrand 25
69675 Bron
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 193 000
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Janin (Ms.)

Participants (9)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 599 216
Address
Boulevard Isaac Newton 14 Cite Descartes 14-20
77447 Marne La Vallee Cedex 2
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniel Tinet (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 536 080
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Serge Van Sint Jan (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 562 400
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 561 867
Address
Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juan Tomas Celigueta (Dr.)
HUMAN SOLUTIONS GMBH.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 438 687
Address
Europaallee 10
67657 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Joachim Wirsching (Dr.)
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 377 299
Address
100-102 Avenue De Suffren
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yazid Hammoumraoui (Mr.)
RENAULT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 80 948
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jules Trasbot (Mr.)
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 142 206
Address
Petuelring 130
80809 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raphael Bichler (Mr.)
PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 80 524
Address
2/10 Boulevard De L'europe
78300 Poissy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frédérick Getton (Dr.)