Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type

R. R. Bishu, Wang Wei, Susan Hallbeck, D. J. Cochran

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Abstract

Handle location and geometry play an important role in container design and effectiveness. An ideal handle position and angle should minimize stress at L5/S1 and minimize average grip pressure on the two hands with force distributed evenly on both hands. Handles in such a position will be most comfortable for performing a MMH task and reduce the likelihood of compressive injuries on the lumbar spine. Most of the published research on container handles have used the psychophysical, biomechanical, and/or physiological methods to determine handle effectiveness. The force distribution at the exact point of energy transfer, namely the hand/handle interface has rarely been addressed by the scientific community. The intent of this study was to determine the force distribution at the hand/handle interface and use the same to compare the effectiveness of various handle types, positions, and angles. Six factors were tested in this experiment using a fractional factorial design. The pressure at the interface was measured using a number of force sensing resistors' (FSRs) in each hand. The results indicate handle positions 2/2, 8/8, and 3/7 to be far superior to position 6/8. The average pressure at the FSR sites appear to be the least at handle angles of 0 degree. Further, the force distribution for the cut-out handle appears to be more uniform than that for the cylindrical handle (circular cross-section). Based on these findings recommendations are made for container designer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors Society
PublisherPubl by Human Factors Soc Inc
Pages816-820
Number of pages5
Volume1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Part 2 (f 2) - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Oct 12 1992Oct 16 1992

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OtherProceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Part 2 (f 2)
CityAtlanta, GA, USA
Period10/12/9210/16/92

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Containers
Resistors
Energy transfer
Geometry
Experiments

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Bishu, R. R., Wei, W., Hallbeck, S., & Cochran, D. J. (1992). Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type. In Proceedings of the Human Factors Society (Vol. 1, pp. 816-820). Publ by Human Factors Soc Inc.

Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type. / Bishu, R. R.; Wei, Wang; Hallbeck, Susan; Cochran, D. J.

Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. Vol. 1 Publ by Human Factors Soc Inc, 1992. p. 816-820.

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Bishu, RR, Wei, W, Hallbeck, S & Cochran, DJ 1992, Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type. in Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. vol. 1, Publ by Human Factors Soc Inc, pp. 816-820, Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Part 2 (f 2), Atlanta, GA, USA, 10/12/92.
Bishu RR, Wei W, Hallbeck S, Cochran DJ. Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type. In Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. Vol. 1. Publ by Human Factors Soc Inc. 1992. p. 816-820
Bishu, R. R. ; Wei, Wang ; Hallbeck, Susan ; Cochran, D. J. / Force distribution at hand/handle coupling. The effect of handle type. Proceedings of the Human Factors Society. Vol. 1 Publ by Human Factors Soc Inc, 1992. pp. 816-820
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