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Neck Injury Analyzer Tool Based on Mechanical Impedance Characteristics for the Design of Human-seat Systems

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6 Author(s)
Y. Takeda ; Department of Artificial Complex Systems Engineering, Hiroshima University 4-1 Kagamiyama 1-chome, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima, 739-8527, Japan Tel:+81-82-424-7676, Fax:+81-82-422-7030, ; Y. Tanaka ; T. Tsuji ; T. Takeshima
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The importance of developing a driving seat effective for reducing neck injuries has been increased to produce a safer automobile against car accidents in recent years. However, there does not exist an efficient methodology to develop such an innovative driving seat with consideration of dynamic characteristics of a human body as well as the interactions between a driver and a seat. The present paper proposes a new simulation method based on the mechanical impedance properties of a human-seat system that can provide quantitative analysis of neck injuries. Effectiveness of the proposed method is shown through a set of computer simulations by changing dynamic properties of a seat model

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Robotics and Biomimetics, 2004. ROBIO 2004. IEEE International Conference on

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22-26 Aug. 2004