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A Review of The Performance of Reading Activity by Seated Subjects Exposed to Whole Body Vibration

Vikas Kumar and V H Saran
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttrakhand, India.

Abstract—Most of the train and bus passengers would like to perform sedentary activities like reading, writing and eating etc. While commuting from one place to another. Previous studies have shown that these activities are adversely affected by the whole body vibration exposure due to the vehicle vibrations. There is no standard which defines the extent of perceived difficulty offered to a human being while performing the sedentary activities in a whole body vibration exposure. For the current review study, reading activity has been chosen as reading is the most preferable activity over the other activities while travelling. The reported studies on performance of reading activity of the seated subjects in whole body vibration exposure along the different directions and related experimental parameters are methodically reviewed to identify the ranges of perceived difficulty and performance decrement. The recommended ranges are expected to assist the improvements in various target functions in vehicle design such as seat design, suspension system etc. to optimize the ride comfort of the passengers.

Index Terms—Body vibration, Ride comfort, Frequency posture

Cite:Vikas Kumar and V H Saran, "A Review of The Performance of Reading Activity by Seated Subjects Exposed to Whole Body Vibration," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Special Issue, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 193-198, January 2014.