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Heavy-Duty Vehicle 1

Heavy Duty Vehicle Driver Seat

The Project

Heavy Driver Seat_1Drivers of heavy-duty vehicles are exposed to long-term vehicle vibration as part of their job, which can significantly contribute to their discomfort, fatigue and safety concerns.

It can also cause physical pain for the driver and lead to injury in the spine, lower back, and neck and shoulders, both while on and off the road.

This project aims to create a safer, more pleasant working environment for a heavy-duty vehicle driver by developing an ergonomic seat that will improve their comfort and mitigate the risk of injury and pain.

By reducing unwanted vibration, the innovative seat will reduce fatigue and enable better performance from the driver. 

The researchers aim to create a seat with greater freedom that is able to reduce longitudinal, vertical, lateral, pitch and roll vibration as needed and with a backrest that can automatically adjust to the driver’s position. This project has potential benefits for the mining, transport and construction industries, which all rely heavily on heavy-duty vehicles. 

This project was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award For Interdisciplinary Research Excellence in June 2015.

Project Outcomes and Publications

This project team have successfully made the first working prototype of the innovative ergonomic drivers seat.  The theoretical and experimental validation of this project have been reported, with numerous publication to date. 

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The Researchers

Heavy-Duty Vehicle 3An Innovative Ergonomic Conceptual Design of Heavy Duty Vehicle Driver Seat brings together researchers with expertises in a range of fields, including engineering, biomechanics, design, and social sciences. 

Dr Haiping Du is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Professor Weihua Li is in the School of Mechanicals, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Dr David Stirling is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical, Computers and Telecommunications Engineer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Dr Montserrat Ros is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical, Computers and Telecommunications Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

Stephen Palmisano is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences  .

Dr Paul Stapley is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health.

Zhenxiang Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at UOW.

 
Last reviewed: 16 June, 2016

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