Part of the project is the construction of a comfort model including all relevant factors, and defining the best way to measure them. In order to discover this, several experiments will be carried out on separate comfort factors or different comfort factors together, in order to reveal their interrelation. One of those experiments on the relation between smell and comfort, was carried out at the Boeing 737-500 aircraft fuselage available at TU Delft, as depicted above.
In the beginning of September, a 2-day kick-off meeting was organised with all consortium partners together in the Hague and Delft. After a short round of introductions and presentations of what each partner will contribute and would like to get out of the project, topic manager Fraunhofer provided the partners with some more insights on the aim of the call: enhancing human centered cabin design by enabling prediction and verification of human comfort on different levels (distant, close and touching the body). All presentations together instantly sparked some in-depth discussions about the touch points between the partners, opportunities and approach for the project.
The next day, more in-depth presentations and discussions on the separate work packages followed, as well as a presentation of the first version of the comfort measuring jacket. Follow-up appointments between partners were scheduled and after a short visit to the Flying V interior concept at TU Delft and a nice dinner, all partners went home feeling satisfied about the successful start.
The International Comfort Congress of 2017 was a big success with more than 60 papers covering all aspects of comfort science with application across multiple sectors. Many delegates asked the organisers for a follow-up conference and so it was organized again on August 29-30 2019 in Delft. At the congress we shared studies, theories and technologies for road vehicle and aircraft seats, transport systems interiors, bed comfort, comfort models, and more. We aimed to exchange the latest knowledge, and stimulate ideas cross-sector and between industry and researchers.
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