James K. Sprague

James K. Sprague, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal

Practice Group Director

Automotive Biomechanics & Design Practice Group

Dr. James Sprague specializes in dynamics and kinematics of rigid body systems, including modeling, numerical simulation, and analysis; vehicle dynamics and tire mechanics; statistical data analysis; accident reconstruction; testing and analysis of vehicles, automotive systems and components; ergonomics of vehicle interiors and entryways; dynamics of gears and power trains; safety requirements for machine tools. He also has experience in instrumentation, design of experiments, and analysis of data; biomechanics of human movement, locomotion, mobility, and balance; and gerontological biomechanics and sports biomechanics.

Publications

  • Overload Fracture of Cast Aluminum Wheel, Journal of Failure and Analysis and Prevention, December 2014
  • Analysis of Nighttime Vehicular Collisions and the Application of Human Factors: An Integrated Approach, SAE Technical Paper; SAE International, January 2014
  • Determining Angular Head Accelerations Using and External Array of Linear Accelerometers: A Preliminary Analysis of Everyday Activities, Proceedings of the 2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference, January 2005
  • Automated Stability Analysis of a Vehicle in Combined Pitch and Roll, Advanced Vehicle Simulation and Virtual Proving Ground, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Proper Model Generation: An Energy-Based Methodology, Proceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Bond Graph Modeling and Simulation, January 1997
  • The Use of Stepping to Maintain Upright Balance: Biomechanical Analyses in Young and Old Adults, Thesis, Univeristy of Michigan, January 1994
  • The Safety and Mobility of Older Drivers: What We Know and Promising Research Issues, The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Final Report to American Automobile Manufacturers Association, January 1994
  • ADAMS/A Tire Users Manual Version 6.0.0, Analytical Tire Modeling Software for use with ADAMS, January 1990
  • Dynamic Tooth Loading in a Compliant Gear Mesh with Rim Effects, Master's Thesis, University of Akron, January 1989

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