Man's Performance Degradation during Simulated Small Boat Slamming
DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD
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A research program has been developed and preliminary data obtained on mans performance in a repetitive slamming environment such as would be encountered in a high-performance craft traversing rough seas. A slam simulator was used to test human volunteers in two series of laboratory-controlled studies that simulated ship slamming. The results indicate that mans performance in degraded in a slamming environment that the subjective reactions of the volunteers do not reflect their performance scores that the test data are highly reproducible, and that only minor muscular skeletal discomforts occurred during the test sessions. The report includes background material on mans known tolerance to single impacts and vibration.