Belt Design Service – A Human Factors Application

A. Divivier, A. Ebert, H. Barthel, H. Hagen, and M. Bender (Germany)


virtual humans, simulation, scientific visualization, human-computer interaction, component technology, CORBA.


The goal of the project Belt Design Service – A Human Factors Application was to realize a service for the simulation and evaluation of seat belt routings over virtual human occupants. For a given vehicle geometry different seat belt routings are computed by incorporating user specific design guidelines, anthropometric data of passengers, kinematic data of the belt system, and possible anchor points of the belt system with the vehicle geometry. By comparing the simulation results for different locations of the anchorage points as well as by varying anthropometric dimensions of the occupants, a given design might be improved considering a desired group of buyers. This is of great importance, since vehicle seat belt efficiency directly relates to the anthropometric dimensions and the seat belt geometric design.

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