Research on the Influence of Physical Environment in Civil Aircraft Cabin on Seat Comfort

  • Jian-Ping Chen
  • Jin-Yi ZhiEmail author
  • Zhi-Ruo Lin
  • Jin Wang
  • Li-Li Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1215)


The physical environment of the aircraft cabin is the basic factor influencing the comfort experience of air passengers. In order to clarify the influence path of the cabin physical environment factors on the passenger comfort experience. Exploratory factor analysis methods and structural equation models are used to explore the effects of environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, brightness, noise, vibration, and air pressure on seat comfort and cross-group analysis is used to explore whether the above paths are affected by passenger gender and Influence of body shape. The results show that the overall fitting indexes of the model meet the critical conditions and the routes described in the model have significant effects on passengers of different genders and shapes. The research results provide a reference for the study of the relationship between the factors affecting the comfort. Research are beneficial to the improvement of comfort experience of aircraft cabin.


Aircraft cabin Comfort Structural equation model Cross-Group analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian-Ping Chen
    • 1
  • Jin-Yi Zhi
    • 2
    Email author
  • Zhi-Ruo Lin
    • 3
  • Jin Wang
    • 2
  • Li-Li Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.The Second Research Institute of Civil Aviation Administration of ChinaChengduChina
  2. 2.School of Architecture and DesignSouthwest Jiaotong UniversityChengduChina
  3. 3.Research Institute of Economics and ManagementSouthwest University of Finance and EconomicsChengduChina

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