DIFFERENCE THRESHOLDS FOR AUTOMOBILE SEAT VIBRATION

Reductions in vehicle vibration that may contribute to improvements in overall vehicle ride could individually be too small to be detected by drivers or passengers. This study investigated the 'difference threshold' (the difference in magnitude between two stimuli which is just sufficient for their difference to be detected) required for a change in vehicle ride to be perceived and whether this was consistent with Weber's Law. Ten male and 10 female subjects sat in a car seat and were exposed to four different reproductions of the vertical vibration recorded on the seat of a car. Three of the stimuli had the same waveform recorded while the car traversed a tarmac surface. This waveform was reproduced using three different magnitudes of vibration at the seat: 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 m s -2 r.m.s.(Wb weighted). The other stimulus was recorded with the car traversing a 'pave' surface that gave a different waveform that was reproduced at a magnitude of 0.5 m s -2 r.m.s. (Wb weighted). There were significant differences in the absolute difference thresholds measured using the same waveform at the three different magnitudes. When the difference thresholds were expressed in relative terms (the proportion by which two stimuli must differ in magnitude to be discriminated), the relative difference thresholds were approximately 13%, and independent of both the vibration magnitude and the vibration waveform. The results are therefore consistent with Weber's Law. No consistent differences were oberved between the responses of male and female subjects. (A)

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Mansfield, N J
    • GRIFFIN, M J
  • Publication Date: 2000-6

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00793649
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2000 12:00AM