Coe, T., Xing, J.T. and Shenoi, R.A.
A human body model for dynamic response analysis of an integrated human-seat-controller-high speed marine craft interaction system.
41-th UK Conference on Human Response to Vibration,20-22 September, 2006, Vibration & Motion Group, QinetiQ,
Small boats are increasingly being operated at high speed in rough weather by organisations carrying out essential missions such as the military and rescue services. Crew and passengers on these boats are exposed to continuous vibration and impacts leading to reduced crew effectiveness, fatigue and the possibility of injury. In addition to this marine craft will soon fall under the jurisdiction of the European Union Directive 2002/44/EC on the protection of workers from vibration.
To assess the possibility of injury and mitigate it at the design stage of a vessel a design tool is needed to assess the vibration levels on/in the human body while the boat operates in dynamic environments. A review of current human body models is presented and a new human body model, which allows for estimates of muscle activity, is proposed. This model is supplemented by a numerical approach using finite element methods to assess the dynamic response of the integrated human-seat-controller-boat interaction system excited by wave loads or boat motions measured in full scale boat operation tests. The vibration control actuators are arranged between the seat and boat to reduce vibrations transmitted to the human body from the boat to obtain a comfortable ride condition.
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