Designing for Muscular Strength of Various Populations
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Hand- and foot-operated controls are the input devices through which the operator effects the performance of manned systems. Selection of the type of control and its location within the reach envelope depend, to a large degree, on biomechanical parameters of all user populations, i.e., mainly on their body dimensions and on their strength characteristics, including motion stereotypes and lateral preferences. Muscular strength for control operation can vary significantly with age, sex, cultural origin, health, training, motivation, and other specific traits of the operator population. The paper discusses several of these variables and their biomechanical implications, and describes techniques and a regimen to design new equipment or modify existing equipment to conform to the strength characteristics of the operator populations.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems