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Title: Long-term discomfort evaluation: comparison of reported discomfort between a concept elevated driving posture and a conventional driving posture
Authors: Smith, Jordan
Mansfield, Neil J.
Gyi, Diane E.
Keywords: Automotive ergonomics
Driving posture
Seat design
Long-term discomfort
Whole body vibration
Driving simulation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Citation: SMITH, J., MANSFIELD, N.J. and GYI, D.E., 2015. Long-term discomfort evaluation: comparison of reported discomfort between a concept elevated driving posture and a conventional driving posture. Procedia Manufacturing 3, pp.2387-2394.
Abstract: Mounting a seat higher in a vehicle, in comparison to a conventional driving posture, will benefit vehicle design by reducing vehicles’ mass and as a result, possibly reducing emissions over the lifecycle of the vehicle. This paper reports on a study with the objective of comparing reported long-term discomfort between a concept elevated posture seat and a production conventional driving posture seat. A sample of 20 commercial drivers (10 males, 10 females) aged 19-65, were recruited for the study. A concept seat was developed from a seat fitting trial study [1] and a second rig was designed and constructed to replicate a benchmark production seat in a conventional LCV driving posture. In two separate trials, participants were required to perform a driving simulation task whilst exposed to whole-body vibration and report their discomfort in 10 minute intervals over 50-minutes of driving. Results indicated that at 50-minutes of driving, there were significant differences in reported discomfort for the right shoulder and the lower back between the postures, with the conventional posture having the higher discomfort ratings. Additionally, the musculoskeletal fatigue effects for both postures (progression of discomfort over time) fell in line with the literature.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ This paper was presented at the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics AHFE 2015 and the Affiliated Conferences, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, USA
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.387
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18893
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.387
ISSN: 2351-9789
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