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Application of a Standard Quantitative Comparison Method to Assess a Full Body Finite Element Model in Frontal Impact

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Nicholas A. Vavalle, Daniel P. Moreno, Joel D. Stitzel, F. Scott Gayzik

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NCVirginia Tech - Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics, Winston-Salem, NC

Paper No. SBC2013-14787, pp. V01BT32A010; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5561-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Advanced human body finite element models (FEMs) are gaining popularity in the study of injury biomechanics [1, 2]. FEMs must be validated to ensure that model outputs correspond to experimentally-observed phenomena. During the validation process researchers often qualitatively compare the model response to a laboratory experiment. However, a more rigorous approach is to use quantitative methods. Often, these methods attempt to parse the error contributions of phase, magnitude, and a shape factor. The purpose of this study is to apply one such method for validation quantification, called the enhanced error assessment of response time histories (EEARTH), to a model that was recently developed. The EEARTH method is anticipated to be part of the forthcoming ISO standard (ISO/TC 22/SC 10/WG 4) on comparing model outcomes to experimental data. The subject of this study is the Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) 50th percentile male seated model (M50). The mission statement of the consortium is to develop a set of biofidelic computational human body models to aid in the study injury biomechanics and safety system enhancement.

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