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EPSRC Reference: GR/K58241/01
Title: SPINE MODELLING: A TOOL FOR SAFE TO USE EQUIPMENT DESIGN
Principal Investigator: Case, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Acar, Professor B Porter, Professor JM
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Sammie CAD Ltd
Department: Manufacturing Engineering
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 1995 Ends: 31 October 1998 Value (£): 119,216
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design & Testing Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Healthcare
Information Technologies Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Back pain and back injuries are a major problem in the working and general populations and lead to substantial costs to manufacturing industry and in the required medical provision. Back pain and injury result from inadequately designed workplaces and work tasks - difficulties which need to be addressed by a greater understanding of the source of the problems, the provision of design tools to apply this knowledge and the training of those at risk. Legislation exists that attempts to provide safe working limits, but is inadequate to accommodate the complexity and subtlety of the problem. This proposal seeks a solution using computer mathematical models to provide a humanly safe method of evaluating a wide range of design possibilities using analytic techniques which have their roots in structural and mechanical engineering (ie biomechanics). Computer models also provide the most natural means of producing design tools for the application of the analyses to specific working and recreational activities.
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