Vibrations and noise at the driver’s seat of city buses. Part III: the problem of speed bumps


  • Alessandro Peretti Scuola di Specializzazione in Medicina del Lavoro, Università di Padova, Via Ivrea, 1/4 - 35142 Padova, Italy; Ph. ++39 049 656954; Fax. ++39 049 656974, e-mail:
  • Francesco Bonomini Ingegnere, Padova
  • Gaetano Panetta APS Mobilità, Padova
  • Anita Pasqua di Bisceglie Medico competente, Padova
  • Stefano Maso U.O.C. Medicina del Lavoro, Azienda Ospedaliera - Università di Padova
  • Giovanni Battista Bartolucci Dipartimento di Scienze Cardiologiche, Toraciche e Vascolari, Sede di Medicina del Lavoro, Università di Padova



Bus, vibrations, speed bumps


In urban areas, the speed bumps are widely used to reduce the speed of vehicles. These devices cause widespread complaints,
especially by the side of bus drivers. Six buses were considered in simulated working conditions on 31 bumps
of a line from terminal to terminal; the same procedure was used for 15 buses in real working conditions on a total of
15 lines characterized by 328 bumps. The vertical frequency-weighted accelerations measured on the bumps are higher
than those without bumps; however, due to the limited duration of the effects produced by bumps, they slightly affect
accelerations on the entire line. Furthermore, the vibrations on the bumps do not exhibit impulsive characteristics due
to the low speed used to surmount over bumps. On the contrary, vibrations with impulsive characteristics are determined
when potholes and dips along the way are passed through at high speed.


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