Comfortable and cost-effective airline seating is in the cross hairs of major aircraft manufacturers around the globe.
Comfortable and cost-effective airline seating is in the cross hairs of major aircraft manufacturers around the globe. At the 4th International Conference Innovative Aircraft Seating 2013 in Hamburg, Germany, movers and shakers in the airline industry converged to advance the next generation of seat technologies, which promise to make economy seating rival that of first class luxury.
The airline industry has decided major reinvestment in aircraft renovation must be made in the industry to ensure continued prosperity in the future. Seating has been targeted by manufacturers as the main improvement opportunity where weight/space capacities can be significantly reduced. Reducing the overall weight, specifically the basic empty weight (BEW), of commercial aircraft will reduce fuel costs. Reduced fuel costs contribute to lower ticket prices, which in turn benefit the economy, environment, and the consumer. Spikes in fuel prices have forced the industry to increase the available space within the aircraft and the need for greater passenger comfort. Satisfied customers equal repeat business. Yet, designers are also being asked to fit more customers, more comfortably, into each aircraft while also reducing overall aircraft weight is a daunting task. Lead-screw actuators can help engineers redesign seating for weight reduction and comfort.
Let’s look at a couple of examples of modern seat design that could use lead-screw actuators. In FROM PRELIMINARY AIRCRAFT CABIN DESIGN TO CABIN OPTIMIZATION -- PART I –, U.P.B. Sci. Bull., Series D, Vol. 75, Iss. 3, 2013, ISSN 1454-2358, Mihaela NIŢĂ, PhD and Professor Dieter SCHOLZ provide designers with essential starting points to developing comfortable aircraft seating design, as shown in Figure 1.
- neck support
- back support
Comfortable airline seating and innovative linear-motion, lead-screw actuation systems are redefining the entire flying experience and shifting the priorities of the airline industry back to where they belong, the passengers.
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