Whole-body vibration experienced by pilots, passengers and crew in fixed-wing aircraft: a state-of-the-science review

Mansfield, N.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6769-1721 and Aggarwal, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-2504, 2022. Whole-body vibration experienced by pilots, passengers and crew in fixed-wing aircraft: a state-of-the-science review. Vibration, 5 (1), pp. 110-120. ISSN 2571-631X

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Abstract

Before the coronavirus pandemic, there were 4.5 billion passenger movements by aircraft annually; this is expected to recover after the pandemic. Despite the large numbers of flights per year, there are few reports of whole-body vibration in fixed-wing aircraft. This paper reports a review of literature intended to collate reported data related to exposure to whole-body vibration. Following a filtering process to select relevant articles, a literature search elicited 26 papers reporting measurements of vibration. These included measurements made in the cockpit and cabin, and for pilots, crew and passengers. Aircraft included military, commercial and passenger aircraft, turbo-props, jets and piston prop aircraft. There was a lack of consistency on measurement method and analysis, and few met the full requirements of ISO 2631-1. However, measurements showed significant components of vibration at frequencies largely attenuated by the ISO frequency weighting filters, but have been shown to be important in terms of human vibration perception. Propeller aircraft showed strong tonal components in vibration frequency spectra. There was also a significant effect of the flight phase in the vibration exposure. It is recommended that the body of literature related to human response to whole-body vibration on aircraft is augmented with further studies in order to understand in-flight experiences and to optimize human health, wellbeing, comfort and performance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Vibration
Creators: Mansfield, N.J. and Aggarwal, G.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 12 February 2022
Volume: 5
Number: 1
ISSN: 2571-631X
Identifiers:
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10.3390/vibration5010007DOI
1518214Other
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 15 Feb 2022 15:18
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45677

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