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Pedro De Oliveira
01-28-2001, 10:26 PM
Hi all

I am doing a Ph.D. investigating pedestrian accidents involving children. To
do this I am simulating their accidents on computer whereby human body
materials have specific properties that deflect a certain amount for every
unit of force applied to them. The joint ranges of motion are also
important to have a truly biofidelic human model. I am having extreme
problems in two areas of my work:

1) Biomechanical properties for children are scarce and not readily
available. I am looking for stress - strain properties of (for example) the
upper leg whereby I can manipulate these figures to get force deflection
characteristics for body segments.

2) Range of motion for the joints are not available for children. i.e. how
many degrees can (for example) a shoulder move and with what torque (Nm)

I would be very appreciative if anyone could help me with these figures or
can tell me of papers where these values appear in as I have been looking
for them for the better part of 6 months and can't find them anywhere.

Thanking you in advance for your time.

Pedro de Oliveira
Birmingham Automotive Safety Centre
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
West Midlands
Tel: +44 121 414 3545
Fax: +44 870 162 9751


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