A New Design of Vehicle Seat Intended to Alleviate Lower Back Pain

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D. A. Johnson, J. C. Samin

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium

M. Neve

S. A. DOVA, Brussels, Belgium

J Biomech Eng 111(3), 261-262 (Aug 01, 1989) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3168376 History: Received March 03, 1988; Revised April 24, 1989; Online June 12, 2009


The novelty in the proposed seat design consists in allowing a free vertical motion of the back rest, so as to decrease the strain on the spinal column. Road and vibrating table tests show that the strain is indeed considerably reduced. A simple mathematical model of the seated human body provides a qualitative explanation of this improvement.

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