Doctoral Dissertations


"Surface mining operations typically deploy large shovels, with 100+ tons per pass capacity, to load dump trucks in a phenomenon described as high-impact shovel loading operations (HISLO). The HISLO phenomenon causes excessive shock and vibrations in the dump truck assembly resulting in whole body vibration (WBV) exposures to operators. The truck suspension system performance deteriorates with time; therefore their effectiveness in attenuating vibrations reduces. No research has been conducted to study the impact of ageing suspension mechanisms on the magnitudes of WBV in HISLO operations.

This study is a pioneering effort to provide fundamental and applied knowledge for understanding the impact of ageing on the magnitudes of WBV exposures. The effects of underlying ageing processes on a suspension performance index are mathematically modeled. The effects of scheduled maintenance and corrective maintenance on improving the performance index (PI) are also modeled. Finally, the proposed mathematical ageing model is linked to the truck operator's exposure to WBVs via a virtual prototype CAT 793D truck model in the MSC ADAMS environment. The effects of suspension system ageing in increasing the WBV levels are examined in the form of both the vertical and horizontal accelerations under HISLO conditions.

This study shows that the hydro-pneumatic suspension strut ageing results in deteriorating stiffness-damping parameters. The deteriorating suspension performance (with time) introduces more severe and prolonged WBVs in HISLO operations. The RMS accelerations increase significantly with time (suspension ageing). The vertical RMS accelerations increase to severe magnitudes of over 3.45, 3.75, and 4.0 m/s2 after 3, 5, and 7 years, respectively. These acceleration magnitudes are well beyond the ISO limits for the human body's exposure to WBVs. This pioneering research effort provides a frontier for further research to provide safe and healthy working environments for HISLO operations"--Abstract, page iii.


Frimpong, Samuel
Aouad, Nassib

Committee Member(s)

Galecki, Greg
Flori, Ralph E.
Chandrashekhara, K.


Mining Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Mining Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2016


xii, 156 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 152-155).


© 2016 Saeid R. Dindarloo, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Dump trucks -- Vibration -- Measurement
Mining machinery -- Vibration -- Measurement
Damping (Mechanics)
-- Vibration -- Prevention

Thesis Number

T 10907

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