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Presentation of an innovative short-arm centrifuge for future studies on the effects of artificial gravity (AG) on the human body

Frett, Timo and Mayrhofer, Michael and Schwandtner, Johann and Petrat, Guido (2013) Presentation of an innovative short-arm centrifuge for future studies on the effects of artificial gravity (AG) on the human body. In: Biannual Symposium and General Assembly of the European-Low-Gravity-Research-Association (ELGRA) (ISSN: 0938-0108). ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) 2013 International Biennial Symposium and AIMAS XXVI National Meeting, 11.-14. Sept. 2013, Rom, Italien. ISSN 0938-0108

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Abstract

In July 2013, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, commissions their new medical research facility :envihab. One central element of the facility is a new type of short arm centrifuge called :enviFuge, which has been developed in collaboration with AMST Systemtechnik GmbH. Equipped with the capacity to instantaneously and independently move the four nacelles along the acceleration axis, the centrifuge allows the possibility to perform up to four complex trials simultaneously. The shift of subjects above heart-level on a short arm centrifuge allows unique studies about e.g. the cardiovascular regulation in surroundings with a high gradient of artificial gravity. The maximal acceleration is 6G at the foot level, and each nacelle provides enough space for up to 150kg payload, additionally 2 x 100kg equipment can be mounted on the main arm. Standard features of the centrifuge include a 6-camera motion capturing system and two triaxial force plates to study the kinematics of physical exercise (e.g. squatting, jumping, or vibration training) under increased gravity. Future projects involving :enviFuge will allow the development and testing of potential countermeasures and training methods against the negative effects of weightlessness in space on the human physiology.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87843/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Presentation of an innovative short-arm centrifuge for future studies on the effects of artificial gravity (AG) on the human body
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Frett, TimoGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Biomedical Science Support Center, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Mayrhofer, MichaelAMST-Systemtechnik GmbH, Research & development, Lamprechtshausener Straße 63, 5282 Ranshofen, AustriaUNSPECIFIED
Schwandtner, JohannAMST-Systemtechnik GmbH, Research & development, Lamprechtshausener Straße 63, 5282 Ranshofen, AustriaUNSPECIFIED
Petrat, GuidoGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Biomedical Science Support Center, Cologne, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Biannual Symposium and General Assembly of the European-Low-Gravity-Research-Association (ELGRA) (ISSN: 0938-0108)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
ISSN:0938-0108
Status:Published
Keywords:artificial gravity, centrifuge, countermeasure, long term space flight
Event Title:ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) 2013 International Biennial Symposium and AIMAS XXVI National Meeting
Event Location:Rom, Italien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:11.-14. Sept. 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Biowissenschaftliche Nutzerunterstützung
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Biomedical Science Support Center
Deposited By: Frett, Timo
Deposited On:04 Feb 2014 15:30
Last Modified:09 Feb 2017 19:20

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