1989-07-01

A Human Factors Evaluation of Extravehicular Activity Gloves 891472

One of the major problems faced in Extravehicular Activity (EVA) glove development has been the absence of concise and reliable methods to measure the effects of EVA gloves on human-hand capabilities. NASA has sponsored a program to develop a standardized set of tests designed to assess EVA-gloved hand capabilities in six performance domains: Range of Motion. Strength, Tactile Perception, Dexterity, Fatigue, and Comfort, Based upon an assessment of general human-hand functioning and EVA task requirements, several tests within each performance domain were developed to provide a comprehensive evaluation. All tests were designed to be conducted in a glove box with the bare hand, an EVA glove without pressure, an EVA glove at operation pressure. Thus, the differential effect on performance of the glove with and without pressure was tested. Bare hand performance was used to “calibrate” the effects. Ten subjects participated in the test setup as a repeated-measures experimental design. The paper will report the results of the test program.

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