Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Mech. Sci., 8, 79–89, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-8-79-2017
Mech. Sci., 8, 79–89, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/ms-8-79-2017

Research article 29 Mar 2017

Research article | 29 Mar 2017

An experimental characterization of human falling down

Libo Meng1,2, Marco Ceccarelli3,4, Zhangguo Yu1,2,4, Xuechao Chen1,2,4, and Qiang Huang1,2,4 Libo Meng et al.
  • 1Intelligent Robotics Institute, School of Mechatronical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, 5 Nandajie, Zhongguancun, Haidian, Beijing 100081, China
  • 2Key Laboratory of Biomimetic Robots and Systems, Ministry of Education, State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Control and Decision of Complex Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology, 5 Nandajie, Zhongguancun, Haidian, Beijing 100081, China
  • 3LARM: Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics, DICeM, University of Cassino and South Latium, Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino, Fr, Italy
  • 4Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Abstract. This paper presents results of an experimental investigation on the falling down of the human body in order to identify significant characteristics and parameters. A specific lab layout has been settled up with vision tracking system and suitable sensors to monitor information on trajectories, impact force and acceleration during the falling with elaboration procedures that make fairly easy to track and interpret the motion characteristics. We focus on the more often falling mode: forward and backward falling Tests are discussed with results from lab tests that give both behavior and values of the biomechanics of falling down of the human body. Possible protection strategies for falling based on the proposed research are talked about at the last.

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This paper presents results of an experimental investigation on the falling down of human body in order to identify significant characteristics and parameters. Vision tracking system and suitable sensors to monitor the falling motion. Tests are discussed with results from lab tests that give both behavior and values of the biomechanics of falling down of human body.