While virtual prototyping of mechanical products has become commonplace in the aerospace and automotive industries, determining how a human will interact with a particular vehicle or aircraft design remains a constant concern. That dynamic relationship must be understood if the product is to perform optimally. LifeMOD is putting designers in the driver’s seat.

With LifeModeler’s biomechanical simulation software, LifeMOD, automotive and aerospace engineers now have a faster, less costly, and more complete method for testing human interaction with their in-process designs.

LifeMOD allows designers and engineers to test and evaluate product performance and characteristics while interacting with a validated ‘virtual’ model of a human body. Thousands of design iterations can be assessed for user comfort, safety, and fatigue – without expensive physical prototypes or crash-test dummies. LifeMOD dramatically reduces dependence on the time-intensive ‘build-and-break’ test process and gives engineers objective, quantitative data instead of the usual subjective measures obtained during physical prototype testing with humans. Removing these testing barriers enables designers to explore aggressive, innovative concepts, resulting in revolutionary new designs. And because incorporating LifeMOD human simulation cuts months off the product development process, faster time-to-market means a significant competitive advantage.

There are some words no pilot ever wants to hear, such as EJECT! EJECT! Using LifeMOD, engineers and test pilots can ‘pull’ the ejection seat handle in a virtual environment, allowing a complete assessment of the complex sequence of events represented by an ejection and providing insight into ways to minimize potential pilot injury. Virtual testing of the machine-human dynamic eliminates possible dangers to test pilots and the interference of environmental variables such as weather.

The ability of LifeMOD human models to interact with mechanical models has proven immensely powerful in the automotive industry. Engineers can place a realistic LifeMOD human into a vehicle design and easily evaluate a wide range of factors and outcomes, such as driver fatigue, seat and ride comfort, and ergonomic considerations. For instance, automotive designers are leveraging existing vehicle suspension models to analyze ride comfort using LifeMOD human models. From a safety standpoint, LifeMOD provides unique insight into potential injuries – not only broken bones, but soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash.

LifeModeler develops each of our products with the user in mind, so you don’t have to be a physics expert to use it. LifeMOD’s powerful yet user-friendly interface can create a human model in less than a minute, which can then be easily modified and customized.

Training, customization, tutorials, documentation, and user communities provide helpful support, and our experts are always just a phone call away.

Learn more by browsing our Product pages, or check out a case study for an example of how LifeMOD is revving up aerospace and automotive design.