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    Hi Emma,

    The following might be of interest:

    1. Miller & Jones (1996) Kinematics of four methods of stabbing: a
    preliminary study. Forensic Science International, 82, 183-190.

    2. Chadwick, et al (1999) Biomechanics of knife stab attacks. Forensic
    Science International, 105, 35–44.

    3. Gervais et al (1998) Comparative analysis between police batons. Forensic
    Science International, 91, 7-17.

    In the latter, el-gon’s were used to monitor arm joint angle changes during
    the course of a swing with the baton toward a wall-mounted force guage.

    Fascinating stuff!! FSI makes great bed-time reading....

    Good luck (I'll look forward to your summary),



    Max Hely
    Safety Science Associates Pty Ltd
    PO Box 2444
    Bowral NSW 2576
    Phone: 02-4862-1129
    Fax: 02-4862-1149
    Mobile: 0412-920-300


    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver
    > [mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Ross, Emma
    > Sent: Tuesday, 28 February 2006 7:55 AM
    > Subject: [BIOMCH-L] swinging arm biomechanics
    > Hi all,
    > I am trying to track down some information on the
    > biomechanics and trajectory of a arm for my forensics Masters
    > project on cast-off which is bloodstain pattern created when
    > blood is flung from an object in motion, i.e a swinging
    > weapon. I want to create a machine that will mimic the
    > action of an arm swinging an object such as a pick axe, like
    > a wood chopping motion, but haven't had much luck as yet. Can
    > anyone tell me whether a swinging arm has circular or
    > approximately circular motion?? if not, any suggestions as
    > to where i could find this information?
    > Thanks
    > Emma Ross
    > Environmental & Science Research Ltd
    > 27 Crekye Rd
    > Ilam
    > Christchurch
    > NZ

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