IDEMC - Vehicle Seat Comfort and Design

Technological seat design for a positive experience

Almost everyone on the planet uses a vehicle seat (in a car, train, bus, airplane). The latest knowledge on the ideal comfortable seat design is often hard to get. This course shares the latest knowledge illustrated by examples.

Date
25-26 September 2019
Group size
10-16 participants
Location
TU Delft
Deadline
16 September 2019

Curriculum


In this Master Class, professional designers, engineers and architects will be brought up to date on: (1) the latest knowledge on comfort seat experience, (2) basic seat comfort requirements, (3) translating knowledge on comfort into seat features, (4) measuring comfort and discomfort, (5) stimulating movement in seats, and (6) seats for autonomous driving.
You will learn and experience how comfort and light weight can be achieved by changing the physical environment and products. The theory is supported by applied case examples, for example the effects of BMW car-interiors on end users. You can create your own programme from a number of small group workshops:

  • using pressure mats and interpreting the results
  • performing 3d-scanning of human bodies
  • constructing your own questionnaires from existing comfort/discomfort questionnaires
  • recording human sensitivity and translate it into seat requirement
  • the most recent anthropometric data and stimulating variation of posture in the seat

Learning Objectives

After participating in this Master Class, you will:

  • understand the principles of experiencing comfort and discomfort;
  • understand the effects on the human of seat characteristics;
  • apply the knowledge to designing seats for future autonomous driving electric vehicles;
  • be able to execute the principles in seat design;
  • be able to perform measurements to increase seat comfort.

Content

  • Comfort and discomfort;
  • Vehicle seat comfort and design;
  • Applying theory to seat design.

Speaker

Programme

Location - labs of the faculty Industrial Design Engineering

13:30Choose two of the following workshops:
(1) using pressure mats and interpreting results, (2) performing 3d-scanning of human bodies and translating this to seat design, (3) constructing your own questionnaires using existing comfort and discomfort questionnaires, (4) studying sensitivity of the human body, (5) the most recent anthropometric data, human movement and seat design consequences.
15:00Labtour and break
16:00

Choose two of the following workshops:
(1) using pressure mats and interpreting results, (2) performing 3d-scanning of human bodies and translating this to seat design, (3) constructing your own questionnaires using existing comfort and discomfort questionnaires, (4) studying sensitivity of the human body, (5) the most recent anthropometric data, human movement and seat design consequences.

17:30End of day 1

Location - TU Delft Boeing 737

9:30Introducing each other and introducing comfort theory and comfortable products
10:00The latest theory on seat design
Seat and back rest angle, softness, seat features, storage of personal belongings, back rest and seat pan curve, adjustability, stimulating movement and variation in posture, emotion and anthropometrics etc.
11:00Practical Assignment
Translating the theory into seat design
12:00Group Assignment
Create a seat model based on the theory and explain it to the others
12:45Lunch
At the Porceleyne Fles
14:00Choose a workshop on:
(1) using pressure mats and interpreting the results, (2) performing 3d-scanning of human bodies; translating this to seat design, (3) constructing your own questionnaires using existing comfort and discomfort questionnaires, (4) studying sensitivity of the human body, (5) the most recent anthropometric data, human movement and seat design consequences.
15:00Practical Assignment
In three groups, evaluate the dimensions of 2 seats and relate these to anthropometrics, based on comfort/discomfort seat questionnaires and on emotional and space perception research. After a short lecture on the theory, you work in small groups on the Boeing 737 at the campus of TU-Delft.
16:30Presentation of the outcomes
17:15Examination and evaluation
18:00End of day 2

Practical Information


Books and Materials
All participants will receive a copy of the book ‘Vehicle Seat Comfort and Design’. All materials provided are included in the course fee.