Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-01-2458

Considerations and Experiences in Developing an FE Buttock Model for Seating Comfort Analysis 2007-01-2458

The comfort of seat cushions has become important in many of today's high-performance USAF fighter and tactical aircraft. Experimental investigations have found that there exists a strong relationship between the human subjective discomfort rating for a seat cushion and the pressure distribution on the interface between the cushion and the buttocks. For the analysis of the contact pressure distribution, a finite element model of the human buttock was developed. The model consists of a detailed geometric description of the skin, soft tissues, and bony structures. The development of the model is described in this paper, which includes source data selection, bony structure modeling, joint modeling, soft tissue modeling, and pelvis shape morphing.


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