Accession Number:

ADA036035

Title:

Design and Evaluation Methods for Optimizing Ejection Seat Cushions for Comfort and Safety

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul 1967-Jun 1968

Corporate Author:

FROST ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CORP ENGLEWOOD CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

134.0

Abstract:

Two kinds of cushions, passive and inflatable, were developed using analytic and empirical optimization procedures to enhance both comfort and safety. Comfort tests were run on a series of polyurethane foams, an inflatable seat cushion, and two operational seat cushions. Load-deflection and damping coefficient data were also obtained. Results of the tests showed that comfort increases as cushion thickness or inflation pressure increases. Analog computer results using a single-degree-of-freedom model of the human body demonstrated an increasing overshoot with increasing thickness or inflation pressure except for low density polyurethane foam. Optimization curves for comfort versus dynamic overshoot were generated and used in the design of the optimized cushions.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE