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Chemically Resistant Automated Mannequin
 
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (Department of National Defence) 2007 / Sa Majesté au nom du Canada (Ministère de la défence nationale) 2007
 

The CBplus Mannequin Technology System was developed by i-bodi to a specification provided by Defence Research and Development Canada as part of the wider CBplus project.

A light weight, chemically resistant, articulated mannequin capable of performing a list of specified movement protocols was required. In addition to this the only means of support allowed could be at the hands and face. Mannequin systems were already available on the market, but those which were chemically resistant were bulky and anatomically inaccurate, very heavy and only capable of performing one or two different moves. The more dexterous mannequins were susceptible to chemical damage.

From a detailed specification i-bodi designed and fabricated the CBplus Mannequin Technology System. The mannequin is a full size, articulated, carbon composite body form manufactured to exact anthropometric data. This is mounted into a drive frame via quick release connections in the head and hands. The feet are strapped into bindings on footplates. The drive frame supports the external actuator which provides 10 axes of motion, 2 light weight actuators are internally mounted in the mannequin to produce sympathetic head motions. The system is capable of performing test sequences comprising of any combination of 10 pre-programmed moves for periods of up to six hours in chemically harsh environments.

Also included in the mannequin system was an interchangeable carbon composite torso for use in testing upper body clothing, headwear and respirators. This has been constructed to the same exacting dimensions as the mannequin and is directly interchangeable in the drive frame, although the head form is supported at the base rather than the face, providing a test platform for unmodified head wear. Four internal light weight actuators motivating the head to produce turn, tilt, nod and jaw motions which can be combined with arm actions driven by the frame.

Both the head form and mannequin have a soft, chemically resistant skin at garment locus points, covering the entire head and neck, wrists and waist in the mannequin. The material was specifically developed by i-bodi for this application. Additionally both the mannequin and head form house dosimeter holders sited at user specified locations. These enable passive chemical dosimeters to be used as a method of evaluating the integrity of the test garments.

A second version of the mannequin system was manufactured and commissioned on request from an Australian government research institution in 2007.



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