Ergonomic concepts for the analysis and evaluation of stresses and strains during the use of passive exoskeletons

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To develop, implement and set the basis for a European dissemination of a new online course focused on the design of human-centred workplaces.

To strengthen the knowledge and skills of targeted professionals in the design of human-centred workplaces in industry;

To propose a training contents as well as learning methodology and based on requirements of relevant targeted stakeholders: engineers, health and safety managers, human resources professionals


For biomechanical-physiological problems in laboratory and field studies:

  • Motion-stress analysis with the CAPTIV motion capture system
  • Motion and pressure analysis with the OpenGo -Moticon sensor soles

For ergonomic problems in laboratory and field studies:

  • Work heart rate measurement / analysis (physiological parameter: WHR)
  • Surface electromyography (EMG) of selected muscle groups;
  • BORG CR-10 Skala (subjective perception of stress and strain)
  • Questionnaire according to Corlett-Bishop or Nordic Questionnaire for subjective body segment-based assessment of the load/stress;

For economic problems with a focus on industrial engineering (in practical studies):

  • Time analyses based on Method-Time-Measurement (MTM)
  • Questionnaire for the subjective recording and analysis of acceptance


Expected results:

  • Ergonomic concepts for the analysis and evaluation of the loads and stresses when using passive exoskeletons in the laboratory and in practice;
  • Ergonomic findings on the use of passive exoskeletons at industrial workplaces;
  • Findings implemented in ergonomic evaluation procedures;
  • Guidelines for the introduction and use of passive exoskeletons in practice

Wakula, Jurij ; Steinebach, Tim ; Steidel, Verena ; Wolff, Jonas (2019):?Erarbeiten und Testen eines Konzeptes zur Analyse von körperlichen Belastungen und physiologischer Beanspruchung bei der Überkopfarbeit mit und ohne passive Exoskelette.?

In: Bericht zum 65. Arbeitswissenschaftlichen Kongress vom 27. Februar – 1. März 2019, Dortmund, GfA-Press, In: 65. GfA-Frühjahrskongress, Dresden, 27.02.-01.03.2019,