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Reduction of the Vibration Exposure on Wheel Loader Drivers

  • Christian Schindler
  • Xiaojing Zhao
  • Peter Bach
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Mobile machines generate high levels of vibrations during operation and transmit them more or less to the drivers. A person exposed to whole-body vibrations for a longer time feels increasing discomfort and looses concentration, which he/she absolutely needs for the execution of the work. In addition, the long-term exposure to whole-body vibrations can cause health problems. At the Chair of Design in Mechanical Engineering, TU Kaiserslautern, together with Volvo Construction Equipment a research project was set up to determine potentials of improvement in this subject on a compact wheel loader.


As to make effort to improve the work environment for better safety and health protection of workers, the European Union released in 2002 a directive for minimum requirements on the protection of workers from vibrations [1]. In this direction a so-called trigger value for the exposure to whole-body vibrations is given, when it is exceeded measures for the vibration reduction are to be...


Suspension System Ride Comfort Wheel Loader Vibration Exposure Test Operation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Schindler
    • 1
  • Xiaojing Zhao
    • 2
  • Peter Bach
    • 3
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.University of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  3. 3.Volvo Construction EquipmentKonzGermany

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