How does the size and shape of local populations in China compare to general anthropometric surveys currently used for product design?

Daniell, Nathan, Fraysse, Francois, and Paul, Gunther (2012) How does the size and shape of local populations in China compare to general anthropometric surveys currently used for product design? Work, 41. pp. 4088-4090.

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Abstract

Anthropometry has long been used for a range of ergonomic applications & product design. Although products are often designed for specific cohorts, anthropometric data are typically sourced from large scale surveys representative of the general population. Additionally, few data are available for emerging markets like China and India. This study measured 80 Chinese males that were representative of a specific cohort targeted for the design of a new product. Thirteen anthropometric measurements were recorded and compared to two large databases that represented a general population, a Chinese database and a Western database. Substantial differences were identified between the Chinese males measured in this study and both databases. The subjects were substantially taller, heavier and broader than subjects in the older Chinese database. However, they were still substantially smaller, lighter and thinner than Western males. Data from current Western anthropometric surveys are unlikely to accurately represent the target population for product designers and manufacturers in emerging markets like China.

Item ID: 48212
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1875-9270
Keywords: anthropometry, product design, body size, body proportions
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 02:29
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090299 Automotive Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 86 MANUFACTURING > 8613 Transport Equipment > 861302 Automotive Equipment @ 100%
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