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Design Optimization of Airline Seats

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-4614, e-ISSN: 1946-4622
Published June 17, 2008 by SAE International in United States
Design Optimization of Airline Seats
Citation: Rasmussen, J. and de Zee, M., "Design Optimization of Airline Seats," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Electron. Electr. Syst. 1(1):580-584, 2009,
Language: English


This paper investigates the opportunity to optimize the parameters of an airline seat for maximum comfort within the confined space available in coach class. A computational model is subjected to a systematic variation of its parameters leading to identification of optimal movement patterns between the seat pan and backrest in terms of discomfort from muscle fatigue and shear forces.
The paper concludes that such patterns exist but other factors may have to be included before the results are brought to practical use in airline seat design.