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'Expecting': occupant model incorporating anthropometric details of pregnant women
by B. Serpil Acar, Alix Weekes, David Van Lopik
International Journal of Vehicle Design (IJVD), Vol. 51, No. 3/4, 2009


Abstract: This study reports the research for a design tool related to pregnant women's safety during car travel. Anthropometric measurements are taken to generate an occupant model incorporating pregnancy related changes. These anthropometric changes mean that a pregnant occupant may be excluded by the designs, based upon non-pregnant female anthropometry. The paper explains the generation of a comprehensive parametric computer aided model of a pregnant occupant, 'Expecting'. The model can represent different size pregnant occupants as well as the size differences occurring in standing and seated postures. This model can be used as a design tool for automotive designers to help ensure that vehicle designs can accommodate the anthropometric needs of pregnant occupants.


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