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Citation

Jianghong Z, Long T. Appl. Ergon. 1994; 25(6): 386-392.

Affiliation

Section of Ergonomics, Department of Industrial Design, Hunan University, China 410082.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1994, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

15676991

Abstract

The aim of this research was to evaluate the comfort of a passenger seat for a new type of bus. A fuzzy set model of a multistage comfort scale (MCS) was adopted for the assessment of comfort, together with the techniques of human back shape and EMG measurements as well as posture analysis. The subjects were 30 university students. It is concluded that MCS is a rapid but comprehensive evaluation method for single chair evaluation. The overall rating of MCS is 0.532, which is acceptable under the conditions of the prototype evaluation. The seat profile fits better with the back curve of subjects who had higher comfort rating in the way that the upper profile of the seat coincides with the human back curve and the lower part of the profile intersects the human back curve in the lumbar region; here the human back curves were measured in the slumped sitting posture. There was a significant difference in the EMGs of back muscles between the two sitting postures (sitting upright and the slumped sitting posture) at all the seat heights.


Language: en

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