Research and development of an advanced personal load carriage system phase II and III. Section C: Analysis of seven pack-based systems using human fast trials


  1. Doan, J.
  2. Stevenson, J.
  3. Bryant, T.
  4. Morin, E.
  5. Andrews, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Queen's Univ, Kingston ONT (CAN) Ergonomics Research Group
This section outlines the methodology used by the Ergonomics Research Group in conduction standardized human trials for the evaluation of load carriage systems (LCS). The results from these First Assessment and Standardized Testing (FAST) trials pertained to two areas of interest of the Advanced Personal Load Carriage Research group. Firstly, information on subject preferences was useful in increasing the knowledge of LCS design quality, and the effect of different designs and design interactions on human performance. Secondly, the FAST Trials proved human factors results for correlation with LC Sim data. Results from LC Sim testing can be found in Seciton B, while outcomes of the correlation analysis can be found in Section D. Specific areas of concern for this project included integration of marching orders, physical costs associated with the incorporation of fragmentation protection into the LCS, and the general performance of different marching and battle order designs. Twenty eight experienced military subjects were assigned four of the load carriage systems (LCS) over the course of four consecutive trials. In each trial, subjects completed a march of 5.0 km over level ground as well as five activity stations (AS). Each lap of the march (1.0 km) was followed by one of these AS's, presented to the subjects in random order. Subject responses were elicited immedidately following each AS. TRUNCATED
Advanced Personal Load Carriage System (APLCS);Load carriage;Ergonomics;Biomechanical models;Load optimization
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-080 — Contract Report
Date of publication
30 Oct 1997
Number of Pages
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