Vpa-based weighting curve: Preliminary assessment of gender difference

Enrico Marchetti, Federica Morgia, Giancarlo Filligoi, Alessandro Lunghi, Luigi Fattorini


Weighting factors from Vibration Absorbed Power (VPA) measurements are derived and the possibility of a gender difference is established. The range 10-60 Hz was explored and two frequencies immediately before and after that peak, 30Hz and 33 Hz, were examined. 36 young subjects were enrolled, equally divided by genders and nine pure sinusoidal vibration signals were generated by a vibration exciter. Absorbed-power based frequency weighting curves WVPA and MI curves were computed for both genders and compared with UNIEU ISO 5349-1:200 1 and the literature. Concerning gender differences, the female's WVPA curve is almost similar to that of male subjects up to 20 Hz. From 20 Hz up to 60Hz, the male curve is, with no-statistical significance, under the relative female curve. Concerning MI curves, a small gender difference is evident, with the resonance peak for females at a lower frequency (3 1.5Hz) than for males (33 Hz). A possible physiological explanation comes from the observation of the Meissner coipuscles behavior, which have a maximal sensitivity just at that frequency.


Absorbed power; Gender differences; Lower frequencies; Preliminary assessment; Resonance peak; Sinusoidal vibration; Vibration exciters; Weighting factors

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