Use pressure data below seat cushions to evaluate comfort

X. Yao, Y. He, Norbert Hessenberger, Y. Song, P. Vink

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During a flight, passengers spend most of their time sitting in their seats. Studying the comfort and discomfort while passengers are sitting is helpful to improve the overall comfort during a flight. Pressure mats are commonly used in studies to collect pressure distribution in order to research sitting comfort. Different from most past studies, in which pressure mats are placed on the top of the cushions, the focus of this paper is to show the potential of placing pressure mat below the seat cushion. Three identical cushions differing in stiffness were prepared. The pressure distribution of 12 sitting postures was collected from 33 subjects both at the top as well as at the bottom of the foam in a randomized order. After sitting on each cushion, the participant was asked to leave the seat and complete a sitting comfort and discomfort questionnaire. The results show that the softest cushion got the highest rank in short-term comfort and lowest rank in short-term discomfort. The recorded pressure distributions both on the top and at the bottom of the foam can influence comfort and discomfort. This indicates the potential to use pressure distributions under the foam to evaluate the perceived comfort and discomfort in sitting, which might reduce the intrusive feeling of theparticipants in comfort studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComfort Congress 2021
EditorsNeil Mansfield
Place of PublicationNottingham, UK
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event3rd International Comfort Congress 2021 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20213 Sept 2021


Conference3rd International Comfort Congress 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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