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Tylee Michael James
02-11-2003, 05:52 AM
I apologize if this message appears twice, the first time that I sent it,
it did not seem to work.

Fellow researchers,

I am a student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. I
am doing my thesis on human vibration response analysis and bone
remodeling through mechanical stimulation. I am having difficulty finding
some information, and I was hoping someone might be able to help me out.

I am modeling a standing human as a system of rigid-bodies connected with
springs and dampers. Several other researchers investigating the effects
of whole-body vibrations have done this, and providing the spring and
damping coefficients of the joints are correct, data from simulations
using these models frequently matches experimental data quite well. I
have gone through quite a bit of literature trying to find appropriate
spring and damping coefficients for my model, but thus far I have only
managed to get frustrated; many authors do not give specific values for
the coefficients used in their models.

I was wondering if someone might be able to direct me to a good source of
literature on spring and damping coefficients for the ankle, knee, and hip
joints, both in translation and rotation.

Many thanks in advance,

Mike Tylee
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto

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