Optimum gradient of mountain paths.

  title={Optimum gradient of mountain paths.},
  author={Alberto E Minetti},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  volume={79 5},
By combining the experiment results of R. Margaria (Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Memorie 7: 299-368, 1938), regarding the metabolic cost of gradient locomotion, together with recent insights on gait biomechanics, a prediction about the most economical gradient of mountain paths (approximately 25%) is obtained and interpreted. The pendulum-like mechanism of walking produces a waste of mechanical work against gravity within the gradient range of up to 15% (the overall efficiency is dominated by the… CONTINUE READING

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