Motion Capture Application for Comfort Analysis on Aircraft Seats

  • Hala Bermamet

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    Traditionally, seat comfort analyses are done on physically produced products that require the exploitation of precious resources like time, money, efforts, and lab space needed to build, test, and tailor new seats. This study presents a systemic methodology to analyze seat comfort with various combinations of seat features and cushion materials. The proposed methodology is a hybrid system that consists of virtual models created with Computer Aided Design (CAD) to model the seats and the human body in different sitting postures and then analyze the level of comfort using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Human Factor simulation. The second phase consists of real-world validation by utilizing pressure mapping and motion capture systems. The integrated study will aid in the development of a single system that can reliably measure comfort in early stages of design for diverse seats used in a variety of industries with minimum consumption of resources.
    Date of AwardMay 2022
    Original languageAmerican English


    • seat comfort analysis
    • contact pressure
    • finite element analysis
    • motion capture system
    • posture analysis.

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