Refining vibration quality - A study characterizing vehicle/operator interface vibration on snowmobiles and ATVs

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Sensory jury testing was utilized to characterize vibration levels perceived by the operator, with respect to levels measured using instrumentation, in order to develop a tool for the evaluation of vibration at the operator interfaces. Details of the jury testing and jury data processing method are highlighted as well as the refinement of vibration characterization for a specific application. The vibration at user interface locations of both snowmobiles and ATVs was measured along with subjective feedback from a panel of jurists. Statistical analysis was performed on the jury data to provide both a qualitative and quantitative number to represent the opinion of the jury. Correlations were developed between the measured levels of vibration and the opinions of the jury. Finally, a set of correlation functions suitable for design predictions was developed.

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Copyright © 2007 SAE International. https://doi.org/10.4271/2007-01-2389

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SAE Technical Papers