Automatic Creation of Manikin Motions Affected by Cable Forces
Paper in proceedings, 2014

Effective simulation of manual assembly operations considering ergonomic load and clearance demands requires detailed modeling of human body kinematics and motions, including balance and response to external forces. In this paper we address the interaction of humans with flexible objects. By incorporating detailed physics simulation of flexible objects into the creation of ergonomically feasible human motions, we are able to ergonomically assess manual assembly operations involving cables and hoses. The method is implemented and demonstrated on a challenging operation taken from the automotive industry; a wiring harness assembly.

Digital Human Modeling

Flexible Materials

Inverse Kinematics


Niclas Delfs

Peter Mårdberg

Johan Carlson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Procedia CIRP:CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, CATS 2014; Dresden; Germany; 12 May 2014 through 14 May 2014

2212-8271 (ISSN)

Vol. 23 35-40

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering


Areas of Advance




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