06 - 09 February, 2012, Maritim Rhein-Main Hotel Darmstadt, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
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The workshop will show a selection of comfort aspects with the
methods of evaluating the specific aspect. Methods of measurement
are shown and the results are discussed. The focus is on the
comfort systems that allow the adjustment of the contour of a
vehicle seat (e.g. the adjustable lumbar support, the adjustable bolster
system and massage systems). The second part of the workshop will
show the effect of massage systems on the driver. A literature study
of the effects of massage and a comparison of different massage
methods is presented. The last part of the workshop shows three
examples for weight reduction solutions. Demonstrator parts are
presented and discussed.
Main aspects of the workshop are:
Manager Ergonomics & Advanced Development,
Lotta Holm Lindstedt
Leggett & Platt Automotive Europe Headquarters GmbH, Germany
During the workshop the participants should try to define which
added value factors in connection with automotive seating are
relevant for future markets. Different types of seats will be analysed
like basic seat, comfort / ergo seat, spots seat, motor sport seat, light
weight seat. If possible and necessary an additional type of seat could
be defined which meets the needs and wants of future customers.
Different exercises in small teams and together with the whole group
will focus on some of the future relevant themes like:
The result of the workshop should be a rough checklist for future
relevant added value factors for different types of seats.
Car Men GmbH, Germany
The seat is the main contact area between occupant and the car, and
therefore seating comfort has a large influence on the occupant’s
satisfaction with the car. Much seating comfort research is focused
on the subjective responses of the occupants, but the relationship
to the underlying biomechanics and mechanical properties of the
seat is often misunderstood.
This workshop will look into objective methods of measuring seat
mechanical properties that relate back to the biomechanics that elicit
the subjective responses.
Daimler AG, Germany
The lumbar support systems that we find in vehicle seats today have
been designed to meet comfort and durability requirements. But since
weight reduction gains importance for all automotive components,
also comfort components are requested to contribute to this trend.
The workshop will deal with the optimization of components, new
system arrangements and material substitution and will thereby
demonstrate how to decrease the weight of complex comfort systems.
Furthermore we will discuss weight reduction to be achieved
by material substitution for seating upholstery. The challenge for
the future is to decrease the weight of material. One approach is to
simply find alternatives for PU-foam. Several approaches will be discussed,
analysing all advantages and disadvantages.
Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. rer.nat.habil. Heiner Bubb
Lehrstuhl für Ergonomie
Technische Universität München
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