A model to estimate vertical speed of ascending evacuation from maximal work capacity data

Kalev Kuklane, Amitava Halder

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of an ascending evacuation model based on physical work capacity of a selected sample. The model is based on the combination of several field experiments, existing databases and pre-tests that were combined to define initial test conditions in the laboratory environment on a step machine. Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) of 13 male and 12 female subjects (data was pooled), was measured, and they climbed at 3 step rates specified according to individual percentage of their maximal aerobic capacity %VO2max) levels. The first nineteen subjects were used for model development and the last six for validation. The paper gives an overview on the collected laboratory data and puts it into relation with the field data from both oxygen consumption and heart rate perspective. The maximum vertical displacement (hvert in m/min) can be calculated according to: hvert = −21.7727 + 0.4024 ∗ VO2max + 0.2658 ∗ %VO2max. The discussion covers limitations and possibilities of the model and suggests the literature and databases that form the basis for practical use of the prediction model. Paper defines the needs for future work and possible information sources to improve the model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-378
Number of pages10
JournalSafety Science
Volume89
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 19

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Civil Engineering
  • Sport and Fitness Sciences
  • Physiology

Keywords

  • Physical work capacity
  • oxygen consumption
  • Heart rate
  • Fatigue
  • Evacuation speed
  • Stairs

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