VALIDATION OF A DXA-BASED METHOD FOR OBTAINING INERTIA TENSORS: 'WHEN PIGS FLY'

Marcel M. Rossi, Cyril J. Donnelly, Amar EI-Sallam, James Dowling, Jeffrey A. Reinbole, Jacqueline Alderson

Abstract


This paper examines the accuracy of body segment inertia tensors estimated by combining information from dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and a three-dimensional modelling technique proposed by Zatsiorsky et al. (1 990) (DXAIVol method). The inertia tensor of a frozen pig cadaver was estimated using the novel DXAlVol method and traditional compound pendulum techniques. The pig cadaver was projected through the air and the experimental 'ground truth kinematics' were recorded. Simulated kinematics of the pig cadaver flight were generated using the inertia tensor derived from the DXAlVol and compound pendulum methods and compared to the ground truth kinematics. Simulations based on the novel D W o l method's inertia tensor traded the experimentally recorded flight of the frozen pig cadaver with superior accuracy.

Keywords


simulation; Zatsiorsky; modelling; airborne motion; flight

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ISSN 1999-4168