A Software Tool for Predicting Neck Loads and Fatigue During Military Mission Tasks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0447
Agency Tracking Number: N102-170-0162
Amount: $69,915.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-170
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xianlian Zhou
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (256) 726-4849
Business Contact
 Deborah Phipps
Title: Senior Contracts Speciali
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Email: dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution
The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop an interactive software tool for neck load prediction during warfighting posture and maneuvers. The software will be a validated simulation environment for predicting Warfighter"s neck loads during realistic and repetitive tasks incorporating musculoskeletal fatigue and injury factors. The goal of the Phase I work is to build a prototype software and demonstrate its applicability on common mission tasks, such as marching, running, and jumping. This software will utilize state-of-the-art human neck musculoskeletal models combined with whole body level-of-detail models to accurately analyze the muscle and joint forces. To account for fatigue and the onset of potential injury, realistic physiological and physics based muscle fatigue and injury models will be developed and validated. In Phase II, the developed software tool will be used to design an improved helmet system to optimize neck loads over various duration and operational tasks and consequently minimizing fatigue and injury. The final software product will be an easy-to-use and interactive graphics based software tool that can be used by military R & D engineers and acquisition professionals to design and analyze head-supported devices.

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