Optimal control of a biomechanical multibody model for the dynamic simulation of working tasks
Paper in proceedings, 2017

In this contribution a framework for digital human modelling using optimal control of a biomechanical multibodymodel is presented. The skeleton of the human body is represented as a multibody system, actuated by simplifiedHill muscles. Motions of the digital human model are generated by optimal control with different objective functions.The optimal control problem is discretized by the DMOCC approach, using a variational integrator for the constrainedequations of motion. With this approach, the task of "lifting of a box from a lower to a higher position" is simulatedas a test example. Both arms are modeled with seven degrees of freedom each, actuated by 29 muscles. In the optimalcontrol problem an arbitrary grasp position is included, as well as frictional contact between the box and the hand.


Michael Roller

Staffan C Björkenstam

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Systems and control, Automation

Joachim Linn

Sigrid Leyendecker

ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Control Engineering

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