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Consideration of Human Factors in a Design of Fire-rescue Window

Zhao, Y, Du, HB and Guo, FB (2019) Consideration of Human Factors in a Design of Fire-rescue Window. Art Work (No.19,). ISSN 2096-076X

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Fire-rescue window is a NPD (new product development) project that aims to increase the successful rate of fire rescue. The concept attempts being used in residential buildings and public constructions. The project places greater emphasis on providing a safe space for sufferers such as elder people, children and disables. It intended to insulate people from a fire through easy operations and to enhance safety and usability. After several tests, it is proofed that the product appears to be an effective and creative solution in fire rescue. Human factors knowledge has been considered over the NPD process at both physical (anthropometric) and psychological (cognitive) levels. Based on background research and application of new material & technology, the concept learned from mechanism principle and assimilated into understanding of environment/system design, Kansei engineering and material technology. Driven by user centred design, the design conducted various research methods in terms of observation, recording and analysis. Sufferers’ data and information have been discovered/ collected, in particular disables. This helps to determine a proper route of escaping. A prototype of concept simulated the window’s covetable structure and function, as well as testified the rationality of special usage. The fire-rescue window is named as - ‘Harbour’, which won the gold medal of ‘Janus Design Award 2016’ in France. ‘Harbour’ has been recognized as one of the successful solutions in the field of fire rescue. It also passed the ergonomic evaluation and is expected to satisfy various rescue requirements precisely and efficiently.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Product Design, Human Factors, Product Semantics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Electronics & Electrical Engineering (merged with Engineering 10 Aug 20)
Publisher: Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:41
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11538
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