An Anthropometric Product Design Approach Using Design Structure Matrix (DSM): Application to Computer Workstation Design

Design Structure Matrix를 활용한 인체측정학적 제품설계 방법: 컴퓨터 워크스테이션 설계 적용

  • Jung, Ki-Hyo (Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology) ;
  • Kwon, O-Chae (Samsung Electronic Co., LTD.) ;
  • You, Hee-Cheon (Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology)
  • 정기효 (포항공과대학교 기계산업공학부) ;
  • 권오채 (삼성전자 무선사업부) ;
  • 유희천 (포항공과대학교 기계산업공학부)
  • Published : 2007.08.31


Design equations for anthropometric product design are developed by considering the geometrical relationships of design dimensions and anthropometric dimensions. The present study applied the design structure matrix (DSM) method to the development of design equations for a computer workstation, and compared design values from the design equations with corresponding design values of ergonomic recommendations and existing products. The relationships between design dimensions (e.g., legroom and worktable) were analyzed by a DSM, and then the application order of design equations (e.g., seatpan, backrest, armrest, legroom, and worktable in descending order) was determined. Next, design equations were developed by analyzing the geometric relationships between computer workstation design dimensions and anthropometric dimensions. Finally, design values for a computer workstation were determined by considering a standard posture defined and representative human models (5th, 50th, 95th %ile). The design values calculated using the design equations were similar with those of ergonomic recommendations found in literature and two commercial products measured in the study; however, some design values (e.g., seatpan height) were different due to discrepancy in standard posture. The DSM method would be utilized to systematically analyze the relationships between design dimensions for anthropometric product design.


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