Accession Number : ADA299539

Title :   Human Engineering Design Guidelines for a Powered, Full Body Exoskeleton.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Crowell, Harrison P., III

PDF Url : ADA299539

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : This report presents human engineering design guidelines for the development of exoskeletons, which can help the Army do its job faster, safer, with fewer people, and at lower cost by augmenting and enhancing the capabilities of individual soldiers. Descriptions of exoskeletons, which have been developed or attempted, are included to provide background information about previous work in this are& Because many of the tasks that soldiers perform require walking and carrying a load of some kind, the guidelines presented in this report are intended for exoskeletons that are capable of bipedal motion, able to augment the user's strength, and able to enhance the user's endurance. Aspects of anatomy, biomechanics, human performance, and physiology relevant to the design of an exoskeleton are presented. These fundamental human characteristics must be considered in the design of a machine that must work so closely with its user. In addition to the human engineering design guidelines, potential problems associated with exoskeletons are discussed. Finally, areas of the unique interface between the user and the exoskeleton that need further research are listed.

Descriptors :   *LEARNING MACHINES, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *BIOMECHANICS, *EXOSKELETON, STABILITY, MOBILITY, ARMY PERSONNEL, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), WALKING, MOTION, DEGREES OF FREEDOM, MAINTAINABILITY, FEEDBACK, STRENGTH(GENERAL), MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, ARMY OPERATIONS, DESIGN CRITERIA, LIFT, JOINTS(ANATOMY), FLEXURAL PROPERTIES, SERVOMECHANISMS, SYSTEM SAFETY, ARMS(ANATOMY).

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Bionics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE