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The Periodic Impact Responses of Human-Body in a Vehicle Traveling on the Rough Terrain

[+] Author Affiliations
Ke Yu

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Albert C. J. Luo

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

Paper No. IMECE2002-32417, pp. 465-470; 6 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Design Engineering
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3628-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The human-body in a vehicle traveling on the rough terrain is modeled through the lumped mass approach and its periodic impact motions and stability are investigated through a linear model of vehicle and passenger systems. The linear model assumes the motion response of vehicle is very small compared to passenger’s rotational motion since the vehicle chassis has a very large mass and moment of inertia. The period-1 impact motion for two impacts respectively on two walls for a specific number of periods is predicted analytically and numerically. The stability and bifurcation of such a period-1 impact motion are developed analytically. The phase planes of the periodic impact motions are illustrated for a better understanding of the human-body impacting motion in the vehicle.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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