Comfort Seating


This is part of a long term sitting experiment involving nerve stimulation to ascertain changes in conduction velocity associated with immobility

This area of endeavour involves an on-going collaboration with a number of university based and industrial partners.

The University collaborators include the Centre for Excellence in Production Engineering (CEPE) Glamorgan; Motion Analysis Laboratory (Univ of Wales, Swansea) and

The Industrial partners include: Invacare LtD, MagStim LtD,Synidor Ltd and Synhome Ltd.

This research is based around the discovery of objective indicators for a persons comfort when seated. It forms an integral part of the biomechanical research activities of the research unit in as much as the study will be determining aspects of the biomechanical and neurological impact of long term immobility (sitting) on the body (both distally and centrally including the core musculature and flexibility).

One of CTDRU’s post-graduate PhD students worked on this area of work (V Cascioli) alongside PhD students from CEPE.

This project benefited from a CIRP grant (£200,000 + matched funding from industrial sources)

1. McCarthy PW., Liu, Z., Heusch, A. I. and Cascioli, V. Assessment of humidity and temperature sensors and their application to seating’, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology 2009;33(6):449-53

2. Liu, Z, Luo Z, Cascioli, V Mazzeo L Heusch AI, McCarthy PW Initial Study of Body-Seat Interface Measurement Parameters Chinese Journal of Instrument Technique and Sensor. 2011 336 (1): 92-95

3. Liu, Z., Luo, Z., Wei,J., Liu,M., Chen, T., Chen, L., Heusch, AI., Cascioli, V., McCarthy, PW. 2013. Noise Removal Applied to a Temperature Signal from Body and Seat Contact Surface Based on the EMD Method. International Journal of Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition 6(4), 431-439.

4. Cascioli, V., Heusch, A.I. and McCarthy PW Does prolonged sitting with limited legroom affect the flexibility of a healthy subject and their perception of discomfort? International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 2011, 41 (5). pp. 471-480.

5. Liu, Z., Cascioli, V., Heusch, A. I. and McCarthy PW. Studying thermal characteristics of seating materials by recording temperature from 3 positions at the seat-subject interface. Journal of Tissue Viability 2011, 20 (3). pp. 73-80.

6. Dey, Z.R, Nair, N.R., Shapcott, N. (2013) Evaluation of the Force Sensing Application pressure mapping system Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology Vol. 37, No. 3 , Pages 213-219 (doi:10.3109/03091902.2013.765517)