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Floor Reliability With Respect to “Slip and Fall”

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Ralph Lipsey Barnett, Peter Joseph Poczynok

Triodyne, Inc.

Paper No. IMECE2005-79160, pp. 17-25; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4230-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


For a given community of walkers and a specific type of ambulation, force-plate studies have established the required level of horizontal resistance for stable locomotion. This stochastic floor loading is resisted by friction forces which must be great enough to prevent slipping. A statistical characterization of frictional resistance has recently been developed using extreme value statistics. Reliability theory provides a method for combining the floor loading and friction resistance which, for the first time, enables one to determine in a rational manner the probability of slipping. This paper presents a formula describing the “slip and fall” reliability of a floor/footwear couple.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Reliability



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