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Title: Neuromotor effects of low frequency vibrations
Authors: VAN ZWIETEN, Koos Jaap 
Kepa, Jacek
Zinkovsky, Anatoly
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Maastricht University, EURON
Source: Steinbusch, Harry; Senden, Nicole; Bisschoff, Peggy; Moers, Marie-Thérèse (Ed.). 16th EURON PhD student meeting, Maastricht University, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience [MHeNS], p. 101-102
Abstract: Beneficial effects by low frequency vibrations on muscle strength as in walking and running, and by medium frequency whole body vibration as during the application of electrovibrostimulation were demonstrated recently (Van Zwieten et al., 2007). Very low frequency vibrations (1-2 Hz), however, may evoke so-called kinetosis which is characterized by malaise, dizziness and nausea (Kepa, 2006). Large wind turbines can produce these infrasonic vibrations, as reported by Jung et al. (2008). Wind turbines should be constructed at least 1.5 km from residences (Chouard, 2006) and should stand not too close together.
Notes: Low frequency vibrations may be dangerous especially in the infrasonic zones, e.g. by kinetosis or “motion sickness” as a part of the windturbine syndrome. Blade Tower Interaction reinforcement zones can create low frequencies too (Doolan et al., 2012). Windturbines should thus stand not too close to each other. 17th century windmills were perceived by contemporaries as dangerous, until strict regulations channeled the initial protest.
Keywords: Vibration; Kinetosis; Wind turbine syndrome
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Rights: EURON PhD meeting 2012
Category: C2
Type: Proceedings Paper
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