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Digital Humans for Ergonomic design of products

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218525

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    30 November 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 903 507

  • EU contribution

    € 3 572 227

Coordinated by:

EUROPE RECHERCHE TRANSPORT

France

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.

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

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 536 080

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 562 400

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT-IK4

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 561 867

HUMAN SOLUTIONS GMBH.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 438 687

ESI GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 377 299

RENAULT SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 80 948

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 142 206

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 80 524

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218525

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    30 November 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 903 507

  • EU contribution

    € 3 572 227

Coordinated by:

EUROPE RECHERCHE TRANSPORT

France

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