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Michael Dillon
09-20-1998, 07:42 PM
Michael ---
If you are successful in your search, please let me know as we have an
application where we could use the information too. Thanks.


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You can access MIT's Document Services Dept at


or by phone (617) 253-5650, to order the MEng thesis I spoke of. The thesis

"Creation of a Three Dimensional Human Body Model for Dynamic Analysis"
Yvonne Martha Grierson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992.

Other material you might find useful (and which I believe Grierson's work is
based on) can be ordered through the National Technical Information Services
dept of the US Air Force. These are

"Anthropometric Relationships of Body Segment Moments of Inertia" (Males)
McConville et al., 1980
Document # AFAMRL-TR-80-119
Goverment Accession # AD-A097238


"Anthropometric and Mass Distribution Characteristics of the Adult Female"
Young et al., 1983
Document # FAA-AM-83-16
Goverment Accession # AD-A143096

which can be purchased from (not sure how costly)

National Technical Information Service
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, Virginia

It is possible that a web site exists for the above, but I don't know off
what it is. Note that the above model/data is valid for adults only -- we've
found serious limitations with the regression model when applied to kids
(getting negative massess, etc).

Best of luck and hope this helps.

Chris A. McGibbon, PhD (Ronny)
Assistant Professor
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Technical/ Assistant Director
MGH Biomotion Lab
Boston MA 02114

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M. Try the following publications:
Zatsiorsky, V., Selujanov V, Chugunova L. (1990) In vivo body segment
parameters determinations using a gamma scanner method. In: Berme, N.,
Cappozzo, A. (Eds.) Biomechanics of human movement : applications in
rehabilitation, sports and ergonomics. Bertec Corporation, Worthington,
Ohio, pp.186-202.


Zatsiorsky, V.M.,Seluyanov, V.N. (1990) Methods of determining
mass-inertial characteristics of human body segments. In: Chugunova,L.G.
Chernyi, G.C. and S.A. Rediger (Eds.) Advances in Science and Technology
in the USSR. Contemporary Problems of Biomechanics . Mir Publishers,
Moscow; CRC Press, Boca Raton, Ann Arbor, Boston, pp.272-291

Good luck.

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have a look at:

author = {{Hatze, H.}},
title = {{A mathematical model for the computational
determination of parameter values of anthropomorphic
journal = {{Journal of Biomechanics}},
year = {1980},
volume = {13},
pages = {833-843}


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Dear Michael:

>I have been unsuccessful in my attempts to locate a geometric
>anthropometric model which does not predict segment mass using regression
>equations based on total body mass.

Among the geometric methods, Hanavan (1964) model family is perhaps the only
(?) one which estimates masses using regression equations. Others (Yeadon,
1990; Hatze, 1980)generally use in mass computation the density obtained
from cadaver studies and the volume estimated from the defined geometric
shapes. Which means you can readily define your segment as a cascade of any
common geometric shapes (ellipsoid, elliptical solid, elliptical plate,
stadium solid, etc) and compute the volume.

I have a web page dedicated to the BSP functions of the common geometric
shapes. Here is the URL: http://www.cs.bsu.edu/~ykwon/kwon3d/
Go to the 'Theories' page and you will see it. It also has the references I
mentioned above.

Good luck!

- Young-Hoo Kwon, Ph.D.
- Biomechanics Lab, PL 202
- Ball State University
- Phone: +1 (765) 285-5126
- Fax: +1 (765) 285-9066
- E-mail: ykwon@cs.bsu.edu
- Homepage: http://www.cs.bsu.edu/~ykwon/

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