Staircases are ancient devices, yet the contemporary design handbook recommendations and building code specifications, lacking factual information on human responses to them, are based on rules of thumb dated from Roman times. The paper describes a series of tests on normal healthy subjects using the treadmill, oxygen consumption metering equipment, and an electrocardiograph. Preliminary results indicate that rate of climb is an important factor, and that for each stair there is an optimum speed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the ASCE Specialty Conference May 31- June 2, 1972 in Washington, D.C. and compiled in the book entitled "Man/Transportation Interface".
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Templer, J A
    • Corcoran, P J
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054121
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 1974 12:00AM