Seat Lumbar Support Evaluation With ASPECT Manikin 2005-01-1007
Seat lumbar support is thought to be essential for seating comfort as it plays important role in the driver's fatigue during long term driving. We tried to evaluate the lumbar support performance objectively with Seat Pressure Distribution. First, the tolerance in the measurement was eliminated by application of ASPECT manikin that reproduced a human seating torso posture [1, 2]. Second, an analysis method to visualize the seat support balance on the human back was developed. Third, a hypothesis for the optimal support balance to minimize the fatigue was proposed according to the fatigue growing mechanisms. Examining the deviation of each seat result from the optimal support, the performances were quantitatively evaluated. In addition to that, the effect of the lumbar support adjuster was taken into consideration to predict the market evaluation more precisely.