Human power transfer to modern vehicles

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Bibliographic Details
Title translated into German:Die Uebertragung der menschlichen Kraft auf moderne Fortbewegungsmittel
Author:Wilson, David Gordon; Abbott, Allan V.
Editor:Wilson, David Gordon; Abbott, Allan V.
Published in:Human-powered vehicles
Published:Champaign: Human Kinetics (Verlag), 1995, 1995. S. 29-45, Lit., Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Compilation article
Media type: Print resource
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Identification number:PU199910402243

Author's abstract

Ergometers have been used extensively to study the power output of humans. Of the several mechanisms through which human power can be transferred to HPVs, leg cranking is generally both the most powerful and most efficient. The optimal body position, crank length, and pedaling rate for leg cranking have been extensively studied. Despite many attempts to improve the design of leg cranked mechanisms, all present speed and performance records in single-rider water, land, and air vehicles of unlimited design are now held by vehicles whose riders are in the semirecumbent position, cranking in circular motions with only their legs. Verf.-Referat