Workplace-Ergonomics Webcasts

Loading an aircraft: Validation of the lumbar spine model and analysis of lumbar loads in airport baggage handlers (Henrik Koblauch, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy UCC, 10. November, 2015)
Presentation (3MB), Playback (68MB), YouTube
In the webcast, Henrik Koblauch will present his work to use musculoskeletal models to evaluate loading of the lower back in airport baggage handlers. The presentation includes the efforts to validate the lumbar spine model for estimating lumbar loading in lifting tasks. The second part of the webcast will present the musculoskeletal modeling of baggage handlers working inside the luggage compartment of a Boeing 737-800.

Modeling of population ergonomics with AnyBody (Prof. John Rasmussen, Aalborg University, 25. June, 2015)
Presentation (4Mb), Playback (73Mb), YouTube
Many industrial products such as automobiles, furniture, assistive devices and sports equipment are produced industrially not for a single individual but for a cross section of the population. Furthermore, some of these products contain adjustment capabilities to accommodate people of different sizes. This webcast present a new modeling method in AnyBody that allow for investigation of the ergonomics of a population in conjunction with a product or adjustable environment. We show how thousands of body models can be generated within the variability of a population, placed in conjunction with the product and evaluated for kinematics-based comfort. The method draws on new kinematic features in version 6.1 of the AnyBody Modeling System, on the system’s general ability to handle soft constraints and closed kinematic chains, and finally on a connection with Python.

Workplace-Ergonomics Articles

Blab, F., Avci, O., Daub, U. & Schneider, U. (2016), "New approaches for analysis in ergonomics: From paper and pencil methods to biomechanical simulation", Proceedings at 16. Internationales Stuttgarter Symposium, pp. 821-835. [DOI]

Stambolian, D., Eltoukhy, M. & Asfour, S. (2016), "Development and validation of a three dimensional dynamic biomechanical lifting model for lower back evaluation for careful box placement", International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, vol. 54, pp. 10-18. [DOI]

Duprey, S., Savonnet, L., Black, N. & Wang, X. (2015), "Muscle force prediction: can we rely on musculoskeletal model estimations? A case study on push force exertions with the upper limb", Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. [DOI]

Koblauch, H. (2015), "Low back load in airport baggage handlers", Ph.D. Thesis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. [PDF]

Hess, S. (2013), "Modelling and analysis of an impulse stimulated human body by a hand-guided power tool", Master's Thesis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. [PDFWWW]

hong, J.X., bing, M.J., cheng, W.R., Fang, P. & Fang, S. (2012), "Effect of helmet mass and mass center on neck muscle strength in military pilots", Journal of Medical Biomechanics. [WWW]


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