Assessment of the Effectiveness of Mining Vehicle Seats for Multi-axis Vibration Environments

Jim Dickey, Tammy Eger, Rob Caryn, Courtney Harnish, Katherine Plewa,
Abstract Excessive vibration is known to have an adverse affect on soft body tissue and operators of heavy mining equipment can be exposed to vibration that exceeds levels recommended in international guidelines (ISO 2631-1, for example). Research has found that many of the seat and suspension systems currently used in mine haul trucks and load haul dump vehicles are actually amplifying the vibration. This overview presentation will outline the current research being conducted at Laurentian University and the University of Western Ontario, and the roles of partners in rating the ability of a number of commonly used mine vehicle seats to isolate harmful vibration.
Keywords: seating, whole-body vibration, heavy machinery
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