A review of the methodology and applications of anthropometry in ergonomics and product design

Iman Dianat, Johan Molenbroek, Hector Ignacio Castellucci

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Anthropometry is a key element of ergonomic studies for addressing the problem of fitting the tasks/products to user characteristics, but there is a gap between anthropometric data and their application for designing ergonomic products and environments. This research was conducted to review the literature on the methodology and applications of anthropometry for the ergonomic design of products and environments and to identify where further research is needed to improve its application and evaluation protocols. One hundred and sixteen papers meeting the inclusion criteria were reviewed. Although a number of anthropometric investigations have been conducted to improve the design of products/environments for different users, further research seems to be necessary, particularly for special groups, such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Different anthropometric measurement methods/techniques and fitting criteria are discussed in terms of their applicability for various design applications. This review also highlights methodological issues (sampling considerations and prototype evaluation and testing) that should be considered in future research to ensure the user-centred approach of the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1696-1720
Number of pages25
JournalErgonomics: an international journal of research and practice in human factors and ergonomics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • anthropometric data
  • designing
  • fitting criteria
  • user groups


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