Optimization Potential of the Method
Based on the Boss-Procedure (Chap. 2), an approach towards biomechanical shape optimization of body support devices prior to the manufacturing process is presented. A ‘manual’ approach is demonstrated using various types of bedding (Sect. 7.1) and an ‘automated’ approach, based on an optimization algorithm is demonstrated using the example of a soft foam cushion (Sect. 7.2). Bedding system simulation results are compared with pressure measurements based on a pressure mapping device. The ‘automated’ approach comprising a shape optimization algorithm as illustrated in Sect. 7.2 is employed for commercial automotive seating devices together with a female and a male Boss-Model (Sect. 7.3).