Title: A method for simulating the car-entering movement for variably dimensioned vehicles

Authors: P. Pudlo, M-O. Ait El Menceur, F-X. Lepoutre, P. Gorce

Addresses: Univ Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille, France; UVHC, LAMIH, F-59313 Valenciennes, France; CNRS, UMR 8530, F-59313 Valenciennes, France. ' Univ Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille, France; UVHC, LAMIH, F-59313 Valenciennes, France; CNRS, UMR 8530, F-59313 Valenciennes, France. ' Univ Lille Nord de France, F-59000 Lille, France; UVHC, LAMIH, F-59313 Valenciennes, France; CNRS, UMR 8530, F-59313 Valenciennes, France. ' HANDIBIO-ESP EA 31-62, Universite du Sud Toulon et du Var, Avenue de l'universite, 83957 La Garde, France

Abstract: This paper proposes a four-step method for simulating the car-entering movement for variably dimensioned vehicles: build an adapted movement database; identify and characterise the car-entering movement strategies and sub-strategies; simulate the trajectories of the characteristic points for a new vehicle; compute the joint angles and the pelvis orientation and simulate the car-entering movement for a new vehicle. The method is validated on an experimental vehicle. In spite of the differences between the measured movement and the simulated one for the new vehicle, the same sub-strategy is adopted in both movements. Trials are proposed to improve the simulation.

Keywords: biomechanical simulation; biomechanical analysis; car-entering movement; automotive biomechanics; vehicle design; joint angles; pelvis orientation; adapted movement; variably dimensioned vehicles.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2011.040578

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2011 Vol.55 No.2/3/4, pp.97 - 118

Published online: 07 Jun 2011 *

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