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John R. Hutchinson
07-10-2000, 02:12 AM
Wow, many thanks to the great replies that I received for my request
for anthropometric data. Here's a summary of what I've received so
far, it sure will keep me busy!

A professor of mine once gave handouts from a NASA reference publication
1024, dated 1978. It is titled: Anthropometric Source Book. The handout
we were given do not include everything that you listed, but I only have 3
pages of the document. Perhaps this NASA publication would provide a
complete study of information.

Chaffin, D.B. Occupational Biomechanics. 1st ed. New York: John Wiley &
Sons, Inc., 1984

Pheasant, Stephen Bodyspace - Anthropometry, Ergonomics and the Design of
Work. 2nd ed, London: Taylor & Francis, 1996

Eastman Kodak Ergonomics Design for People at Work, Vol 1&2, New York: Van
Nostrand Reinhold, 1983

Winter, D.A. Biomechanics and motor control of human movement. Wiley
Interscience, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2nd Ed. New York, 1990.
Especially chapter 3.

The muscle volumes and angles of
pennation can be found in Liebers book "skeletal muscle structure and

Try this site. I don't recall if it has exactly what you are looking for,
but I have used it for children's data. I believe it has adult data as well
or maybe links to adult data, but I didn't look at any so I can't say for
- Anthropometric Data of Children or
http://www.itl.nist.gov/iaui/ovrt/projects/anthrokids/ if your e-mail doesn't
support links.

I think a good starting point is a book called
'Bodyspace:Anthropometry, Ergonomics and Design' by Stephen
Pheasant (isbn 0-85066-340-7), published by Taylor and Francis 1986

It does not contain all the data you mentioned but on pages 131-134 there
are a few little tables I found very useful. There's a rigid body model
of the human body broken up into 17 links and the length of each link is
given as a percentage of height, which makes it very versatile. There are
also tables giving the mass of body segments as a % of bodyweight and the
position of the centre of gravity as a % of limb length. There's also a
table giving radii of gyration for various body parts and combinations of
body parts. The book is easy to use and free of excessive detail. It's a
good resource for first approximations.

The most important studies of body segment inertial properties seem to
have been done by Dempster in 1955 and by a guy called Chandler
[BELOW]. I found
a few promising abstracts on a search site called 'Pubmed' which you
should definitely check out if you haven't already (just type pubmed in
altavista and it'll take you straight there).

'Investigation of inertial properties of the human body'
by R.F. Chandler - Ohio : Aerospace Medical Research
Laboratory, 1975.

McConville, J. T., Churchill, T. D., Kaleps, I., Clauser, C. E. and Cuzzi, J.
Anthropometric relationships of body segment moments of inertia.
AFAMRL-TR-80-119. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 1980.

author = {NASA},
title = {Anthropometric Source Book},
institution = {NASA Scientific and Technical Information Office},
year = {1978},
type = {Reference Publication 1024 I--III},
address = {Springfield VA}

Again, thanks for the kind assistance from so many people. I sure
came to the right e-mail list.


John R. Hutchinson
Department of Integrative Biology Phone: (510) 643-2109
3060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg. Fax: (510) 642-1822
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140

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