Despite much research into human response to whole-body vibration, there
exists only a limited basic understanding - insufficient for any reliable
prediction of response to a particular vibrational environment. It is
argued that a viable explanation of human response to vibration is
dependent on an adequate understanding of the complex biomechanical
behaviour of the body. Further, knowledge of the degree of linearity of
biomechanical frequency response is important if behaviour is to be understood
and capable of prediction or application to system design. The aim
of the research was to investigate the linearity of response and develop a
reliable technique for the investigation of biomechanical response to
vibration, the technique being simple and safe to apply to individuals in
a variety of postures and eliciting results relevant to practical situations.
A further aim was to investigate how far posture might modify the biomechanical
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.