Pedestrian Fall Safety Assessments

Improved Understanding on Slip Resistance Measurements and Investigations

  • In-Ju Kim

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About this book


This book examines pedestrian shoe-floor slip resistance from an engineering standpoint in order to better understand friction and wear behavior. This analysis includes an extensive investigation into the surface properties of shoes and flow, and the measurement of dynamic friction and other mechanical and physical aspects of shoe-floor tribology. Lastly, the book proposes a measurement concept for the identification and classification of operational floor surfaces under a range of different conditions. 

Novel techniques and methods are proposed that can improve the reliability of slip resistance assessments. The current state of knowledge is critically examined and discussed from a tribological perspective, including aspects like friction, wear, lubrication and the mechanical behavior of shoes, floors and their wider environment. Further, the book reports on extensive experimental investigations into the topographical characteristics of shoe and floor surfaces and how they affect slip resistance.

Slips resulting in pedestrian falls are a major cause of injuries and deaths for all age groups. This important book provides essential insights for researchers, practicing engineers and public safety officials wishing to learn about how the risk of pedestrian slips can be assessed and understood.


slip and fall incidence slip resistance floor surfaces and floor finishes tribology Shoe surface resistance Pedestrian slippage

Authors and affiliations

  • In-Ju Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering ManagementUniversity of SharjahSharjahUnited Arab Emirates

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56241-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56242-1
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