Within this project, researchers from the Fraunhofer IPA are developing novel 3D computational skeletal muscle models to predict the motion of an arm upon the stimulation of skeletal muscles. Moreover, the IPA investigates novel experimental evaluation techniques for ergonomic questions arising in the manufacturing and automotive industry.
The overall goal is to accurately model the actual assembling procedure implemented within the company. For this purpose, the setup is rebuilt in the lab. To acquire and quantify loading conditions of an employee during particular movements, the body’s motion, the muscle activations and the joint moments and forces are measured. The resulting data are not only used to validate the simulations of the 3-d skeletal muscle models but also for the multi-body simulations.