The Future of Shock Mitigation Testing - Getting from Anecdote to Evidence
The laboratory testing of shock mitigation seats by exposing them to vertical impacts is now well established however it is only one aspect of the system. Experienced boat operators frequently provide anecdotal evidence that other aspects of boat motions can cause discomfort and even pain however these are not widely considered in the literature. The next step in development of solutions is to improve our understanding and determine the evidence base for these anecdotal reports. This presentation covers the difference between anecdote and evidence and considers the MoD plans to develop their understanding further.
The presentation provides an update on the UK Ministry of Defence Maritime Whole Body Vibration Project. In particular it focuses on the so called DLOD (Defence Lines of Development) approach which maps well onto the control of vibration at work regulations. This pan DLOD approach has helped the MoD to focus on the multiple facets of managing the issue of protecting people from harm. This includes risk assessment, health monitoring and targeted training. The presentation also covers the wider MoD approach to health monitoring and WBV awareness training and certification required to meet all the DLODs.
Dr Thomas Coe - Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy / Naval Design Partnership
Dr Thomas Coe is a Senior Consultant with Frazer-Nash Consultancy currently on secondment to the Naval Design Partnership as the High Speed Craft Group Manager and Technical Lead of the MoD’s Maritime Whole Body Vibration Project.
He has an extensive background in WBV in small fast craft having completed a PhD in the subject from Southampton University, conducted numerous at sea and laboratory trials and is a member of a number of international committees on the subject.
Prior to joining the NDP he worked on a variety of projects for Frazer-Nash including small craft design tool development, test rig design and development of lightweight composite solutions for dismounted infantry.