Modeling of Human Reactions to Whole-Body Vibration

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Farid M. L. Amirouche

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60680

J Biomech Eng 109(3), 210-217 (Aug 01, 1987) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138671 History: Received May 13, 1986; Revised April 24, 1987; Online June 12, 2009


A computer-automated approach for studying the human body vibration is presented. This includes vertical, horizontal, and torsional vibration. The procedure used is based on Finite Segment Modeling (FSM) of the human body, thus treating it as a mechanical structure. Kane’s equations as developed by Huston et al. are used to formulate the governing equations of motion. The connective tissues are modeled by springs and dampers. In addition, the paper presents the transient response of different parts of the body due to a sinusoidal forcing function as well as an impulse function applied to the lower torso in the vertical direction.

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