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dc.contributor.authorSeigler, Thomas Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T14:45:38Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T14:45:38Z
dc.date.issued2002-05-03en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05222002-141808en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/9702
dc.description.abstractA comprehensive comparison between an air-inflated seat cushion designed for truck seats and a commonly used foam cushion is provided, using a single-axis test rig designed for dynamic seat testing. Different types of tests are conducted in order to evaluate various aspects of each type of cushion; in terms of their response to narrow-band (single frequency) dynamics, broadband input of the type that is commonly used in the trucking industry for testing seats (ISO2), and a step input for assessing the damping characteristics of each cushion. The tests were conducted over a twelve-hour period -- in four-hour intervals -- measuring the changes that occur at the seat cushion over time and assessing how these changes can affect the metrics that are used for evaluating the cushions. The tests indicated a greater stiffening of the foam cushion over time, as compared with the air-inflated cushion that showed almost no change in stiffness when exposed to a static weight for twelve hours. Furthermore, pressure measurements at the seat showed higher-pressure concentrations for the foam cushion at the bony prominence of the seat profile -- namely, the ischial tuberosities -- as compared to the air-inflated cushion. A series of tests aimed at evaluating the damping properties of each cushion showed both cushions to have nearly identical damping properties. Other methods used for evaluating the dynamic properties of the two seat cushions included those recommended by studies in the past, as well as new techniques that were developed specifically for this study. The new techniques, named Seat Pressure Distribution (SPD%) and Area Pcrms (aPcrms) for the purpose of this study, are formulated such that they can best highlight the dynamic differences between different types of seat cushions, and their effect on driver comfort. The results show that the air-inflated seat cushion can provide significant improvements in pressure distribution between the seat cushion and the driver, therefore providing a more comfortable ride and causing less fatigue.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartthesis.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectseat cushionen_US
dc.subjectseat comforten_US
dc.titleA Comparative Analysis of Air-inflated and Foam Seat Cushions for Truck Seatsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairAhmadian, Mehdien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDuma, Stefan M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLeo, Donalden_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05222002-141808en_US
dc.date.sdate2002-05-22en_US
dc.date.rdate2003-05-24
dc.date.adate2002-05-24en_US


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