Accession Number:

ADA273760

Title:

The Effect of Platform Motion on Human Energy Expenditure During Walking. An Exploratory Experiment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR PERCEPTION RVO-TNO SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)

Report Date:

1993-08-11

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

An experiment was performed in which various physiological measures of energy expenditure were taken with subjects walking for periods of 10 minutes either freely or on a treadmill on a moving platform Ship Motion Simulator. Platform motion was either in a heave, pitch or roll mode, or it was stationary. The results show that during pitch and roll movements of the platform energy expenditure is larger than during heave motions and when the platform remained stationary. Pitch and roll did not differ from each other, and neither did heave and stationary conditions. The results are interpreted as indicating that the muscular effort needed for the maintenance of balance when walking on a pitching or rolling platform requires a significant increase in energy expenditure.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Stress Physiology
  • Marine Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE