Development of a Dynamic Biomechanical Model for Load Carriage: Phase I Part C – Proposed Long Range Plan for Research and Development Program of Dynamic Load Carriage Modeling

  1. Stevenson, J.M.
  2. Bryant, J.T.
  3. Morin, E.L.
  4. Anderson, R.A.
  5. Pelot, R.P.
  6. Reid, S.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Queen's Univ, Kingston ONT (CAN)
This report has been written to provide an overview of the long-range plans for a dynamic biomechanical model for load carriage. The ultimate goal of the long range research and development (R&D) program is to provide Canada with necessary cost-effective hardware and software tools to design and evaluate current and future load carriage systems and to allow Canada to provide leadership in the biomechanical aspects of a revised NATO standard on personal load carriage. The method proposed to reach this goal is the development of a mathematical model for calculation of a biomechanical threshold limit value (TLV) for load carriage in a military context. This means that we propose to examine those factors that are related to biomechanical tissue tolerance limits such as skin contact pressures, load factors and motion-related factors. The calculation of a biomechanical TLV would be based on two main factors: an upper limit based on risk of injury and a predicted performance rating, based on a 15% decrement in performance. A multi-year proposal is presented in this report that consists of: 1) equipment upgrades, 2) software selection and development, 3) acquisition of human data from complex motions using accelerometers and the portable measurement system, 4) development of a viable method to validate the biomechanical model, 5) acquisition of data on tissue tolerance and impact of speed, incline and complex motions from human subjects and 6) validation of the biomechanical model ma
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-117 — Contract Report
Date of publication
30 Jun 2001
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