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A direct and indirect measure of friction between palmer skin and grabrail materials.

The 18th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics

Author: O'Meara, D. M., Smith, R. M.
Type: Conference Paper
Year: 2001


This study attempts to incorporate a direct and an indirect measurement technique to determine friction and normal forces at the hand/handle interface, without the introduction of a sensor or alternations to natural conditions. The two experiments provide a closer insight into the actual mechanisms that occur at the hand/handle interface at the moment of hand slip. A group of thirty subjects aged 17 to 45 participated in each of the two parts to this study to assess friction properties between five grabrail materials (stainless steel. powder-coated steel, chrome, textured aluminium and knurled steel) and three hand treatments (dry, wet and soapy).

Further Details

Pages: 3 p.
Publish Location: Zurich
Publisher: International Society of Biomechanics
Accession Number: September, 2011
Notes: Retain Print, not available online
Keywords: product, rail
Reads: 248