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Hit the road jack: analysis of instep and vision
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The institute of Design, Umeå University, has since 1997 had a research co-operation with Volvo Global Trucks. One of the part projects concluded with a cab concept called S.F.C.I., Smart Functional Cab Interior. The new concept changes the prerequisites for the instep and the vision in the truck. One objective with the Master thesis was to evaluate if the ergonomics improve at the instep in the concept S.F.C.I. compared to two other existing trucks, the FH 12 and the VN L4. Some drivers experience the instep as demanding or uncomfortable. The instep can be a problem and a contributing cause to occupational injuries if it is made several times a day, during stress or bad weather conditions. It is therefore of interest to amend the instep to improve the work environment for the drivers. Hips, knees, and ankles are areas of the body that work much during climbing. The knees are one of the body parts where truck drivers most often have problems. To measure the torques in the knees during the instep will give a measurable result for a comparison between different insteps. The other objective was to evaluate how the direct vision changes in the concept S.F.C.I. compared to the existing truck FH 12and VN L4. To have a good vision is very important to be able to drive a truck safely. Every change of the vision is important to notice. In this Master thesis only the direct vision has been looked upon. Requirements have been looked upon to see if the concept S.F.C.I. fulfills them concerning instep and vision. The use of ergonomic software is a relative new way of examining work environments. In this Master thesis a method have been developed for examination of instep and vision with help of ergonomic software. The method was then used in the comparisons between the trucks.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Instep, vision, Jack, simulations, ergonomics, trucks
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58053ISRN: LTU-EX--02/043--SELocal ID: ea340d01-46da-49cd-9ecd-d1f0fb0b2907OAI: diva2:1031441
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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