Review of the biodynamic responses of the seated human body during vertical whole-body vibration: the significant variable factors

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    Abstract

    The consistent finding of a nonlinearity in the human body apparent mass has gradually received more attention when modelling biodynamic responses of the human body. However, the factors causing the nonlinearity and the extent of the nonlinearity are not yet understood. Investigators have mainly speculated on causality of the nonlinearities rather than designed experiments to test hypothetical explanations for the nonlinearity. This paper aims to identify variables governing the nonlinear responses of the seated human body during vertical whole-body vibration. The apparent mass data and experimental conditions from six of the more relevant studies are compared. Explanations of the mechanisms controlling nonlinear behaviour are also compared. The dominant variables are classified as: posture, muscle tone, dynamics of buttocks tissue, and geometric nonlinearity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventThe 39th United Kingdom Group Meeting on Human Responses to Vibration - Ludlow, Shropshire, England
    Duration: 15 Sep 200417 Sep 2004

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    ConferenceThe 39th United Kingdom Group Meeting on Human Responses to Vibration
    CityLudlow, Shropshire, England
    Period15/09/0417/09/04

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