Ergonomic Design: Experimental Studies of Multi-Task Vehicle
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 2, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages: 23-32
Received: Jan. 28, 2013; Published: Feb. 20, 2013
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Eyal Byran, Faculty of Architecture and Town planning, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Issachar Gilad, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology,Haifa, Israel
Rivka Oxman, Faculty of Architecture and Town planning, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
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Abstract
The design of off-road vehicles is complicated. Particularly when the driving, is accompanied with another task, simultaneously (e.g. plowing). Such a complex environment may lead to human error and end up with an accident. In Aus-tralia, 20-25 percent of vehicle accidents’ casualties are from off-road accidents. The literature suggests three combined and important aspects, in vehicle design: vision control, anthropometrical fitting and biomechanical considerations. No study is found which supports an off-road vehicle design from all three aspects together. In addition, the extensive use of computer aided design (CAD) in the vehicles’ design stages, produce only qualitative results. This study presents a pioneering expe-rimental ergonomic research, of an off-road cabin design. The research inquires the three aspects,combined, generating quantitative results. These results produce a better fitted design to the operator and his operational needs, which help the engineer to design a cabinthat may lead to less strenuous sitting postures and fatigue.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Vehicle; Automotive; Biomechanics; Tractors, Off road vehicle; Cabin design; Safety; Human error
To cite this article
Eyal Byran, Issachar Gilad, Rivka Oxman, Ergonomic Design: Experimental Studies of Multi-Task Vehicle, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013, pp. 23-32. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20130201.13
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