Biomechanics and performance of slip resistant soles for personal and work footwear

The overall goal of this research project is to get a better understanding of what leads to footwear slipping, so as to contribute to the reduction of slip injuries, in three ways: a) by investigating how intrinsic sole design parameters (compound material properties and sole tread shape, width or depth) affect the available coefficient of friction at the footwear-ground interface, both in the first milliseconds of a slip and during slipping; b) by measuring the effect of extrinsic slip parameters (presence of fluids or particles, ground characteristics, or gait patterns of the wearer) on the required coefficient of friction during human gait experimental studies, with sufficiently large slips that avoiding a fall is not always possible; and c) by relying on new insights acquired from a and b, we will suggest new ways to evaluate footwear slip resistance for certification purposes and new sole designs.

Gaspard Diotalevi;Nicolas Zabjesky
Superviseur universitaire: 
Cécile Smeesters;Denis Rancourt
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