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Bertec force plates; dynamical modelling and analysis

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    Alan Wing and I are interested in comments on the performance of Bertec
    force plates and their suitability for investigations we wish to make
    relating to balance and its conservation. We envisage subjects standing
    on a pair of Bertec plates, or making a step, or making a small jump
    (or 'hop') from/to these plates. We are interested in calculating the
    position of each foot and the forces on the foot from the reaction with
    the ground.

    We would also appreciate any suggestions about helpful software (either
    commercial or public domain) which would help to model the internal
    forces and dynamics in a multi-joint linkage model of the human body
    when one has a record of the externally applied forces and the evolving
    angular configuration of the linkage. Perhaps there are mechanical
    engineering software packeges that are relevant?

    I'll gladly share the results of this enquiry. With thanks in anticipation,


    Ian Nimmo-Smith MRC Applied Psychology Unit
    15 Chaucer Road
    Tel: +44 223-355294 Cambridge CB2 2EF
    Fax: +44 223-359062 janet: