Assessment of the impact of the shape of the handle on the ergonomics of operating a handbrake
¹Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Technological Equipments of Buildings, Kamýcká 129, CZ-16521 Prague 6 – Suchdol, Czech Republic; *Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org 2Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Vehicles and Ground Transport, Kamýcká 129, CZ-16521 Prague 6 – Suchdol, Czech Republic
This thesis addresses the ergonomic problem of conflict between hand-operated mechanical brakes and center rests on certain types of vehicles. The hand brake is one of the basic means of control of a personal vehicle and its smooth and comfortable mastery directly affects traffic safety and driver well-being. The paper outlines a possible solution to this problem through the shape of the mechanical handbrake handle. The proposed solution is validated by using Tecnomatix Jack, which is primarily intended for solving ergonomic problems in the context of Digital Human Modeling. Specifically, in order to verify the solution, the Comfort Assessment tool is used, which in itself contains several published studies looking at driver comfort in accordance with the bending of specific joints. The results of this thesis can be used for future mechanical handbrake designs in cars.