April 17, 2007

The Global Human Body Models Consortium, comprising 9 auto manufacturers and two parts suppliers is asking researchers for proposals to develop “virtual human” crash dummies for developing safer cars.The computer models of small, medium and large males and females are expected to provide greater crash simulation data than your average crash dummy.

Different centres of expertise will be developed for different parts of the body, with a couple of centres developing full body models.

Ford already has a computer model of a mid sized adult male but more body types are sought. Researchers want human body computer modelling to include a variety of human beings and shapes with millions of finite elements so that the impact of crashes can be assessed at the tissue and bone level.

The virtual humans could be called upon in other areas of industry. Human modelling and software solutions have been assisting organisations in various industries to design safer products and workplaces processes.

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