A COMPUTER MODELING LANGUAGE FOR HUMAN DYNAMIC ANALYSIS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4705
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mechanical Dynamics Inc.
3055 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kristen M Overmyer
 Principal Investigator
 (313) 994-3800
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Research Institution
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Abstract
RESEARCHERS ARE APPLYING COMPUTER ANALYSIS TO AN EXPANDING RANGE OF IMPORTANT BIOMECHANICAL PROBLEMS, INCLUDING OCCUPATIONAL TASK EVALUATION, PROSTHESIS DESIGN, OCCUPANT PROTECTION, AND HUMAN COORDINATION CONTROL THEORIES. HOWEVER, WRITING THE EQUATIONS OF MOTION, CONSTRAINT, AND FORCE FOR ALL BUT THE SIMPLEST OF HOMINOID DYNAMIC SIMULATIONS IS A PRODIGIOUS AND TEDIOUS TASK. CONSEQUENTLY,CURRENT PROGRAMS ARE WRITTEN FOR SPECIFIC PROBLEMS AND INCORPORATE MANY SIMPLIFYING ASSUMPTIONS THAT LIMIT THEIR APPLICABILITY. THIS PROJECT'S LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A MUCH-NEEDED, RELIABLE, FLEXIBLE ANALYTIC FOUNDATION UPON WHICH SCIENTISTS IN ACADEMIA AND ENGINEERS IN INDUSTRY CAN READILY MODEL HOMINOID, DYNAMIC PROBLEMS. IN PHASE I, A PROTOTYPE MODELING LANGUAGE ALLOWING A USER TO FACILELY DESCRIBE THE GEOMETRIC, INERTIAL, AND SURFACE CHARACTERISTICS OF THEIR PARTICULAR HOMINOID USING FAMILIAR TERMINOLOGY WILL BE INTEGRATED WITH A SIMILAR LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE ANY INTERACTING MACHINERY OR ENVIRONMENT. THE LATTER LANGUAGE IS PART OF A NON-LINEAR, LARGE DISPLACEMENT DYNAMICS PROGRAM THAT HAS COMPETENTLY DEMONSTRATED STATIC, DYNAMIC, AND MODAL FREQUENCY ANALYSES. TO EVALUATE THE SOFTWARE DESIGN, A TEST PROBLEM WILL BE CHOSEN AND SOLVED USING THE PROTOTYPE ARCHITECTURE

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