Biomechanical assessment of the Canadian integrated load carriage system using objective assessment measures


  1. Stevenson, J.M.
  2. Reid, S.A.
  3. Bryant, J.T.
  4. Pelot, R.P.
  5. Morin, E.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Queen's Univ, Kingston ONT (CAN) Ergonomics Research Group
The purpose of this study was to provide an overview of contribution by biomechanical testing to the design of the final Canadian Clothe the soldier (CTS) load carriage (LC) system. The Load Carriage Simulator and Compliance tester were used during design of the CTS system for evaluation of: three fragmentation vests, seven Tactical Vests and three iterations of the rucksack. Test data were compared to a data pool of previously tested systems. Results indicated that the objective measures helped the design team by: 1) understanding the consequences of various design changes; 2) predicting soldiers' responses to design change sin pressure, force and realtive motion; 3) comparing this system objectively to other systems; and 4) providing information quickly so that ideas could be incorporated into the next design iteration. It was concluded that objective assessments added valuable information not easily interpreted from human trials. However, objective assessments cannot replace human trials for feedback on functionality and features.
Load carriage;Ergonomics;Rucksacks;Integrated Protective Clothing and Equipment (IPCE);Biomechanical models;Load optimization;Clothe The Soldier
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2000-132 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
31 Dec 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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