Computer Program to Generate Dimensional and Inertial Properties of the Human Body

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J. A. Bartz, C. R. Gianotti

Calspan Corp., Buffalo, N. Y.

J. Eng. Ind 97(1), 49-57 (Feb 01, 1975) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438590 History: Received July 26, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


A digital computer program has been developed to calculate dimensional and inertial properties of the human body. The program has been designed so that the user may either select a data set from a program library, or compute a data set from a geometric man-model. From primary program inputs of sex, standing height, seated height, and weight, the routines compute body segment link lengths, contact surface dimensions, masses, and moments of inertia from inputted sets of anthropometric data. Overall validity of the formulation and techniques has been established by comparing computed results with measurements on the human body reported by various investigators.

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