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Thermal comfort evaluation with virtual manikin methods
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Inomhusmiljö)
2007 (English)In: Building and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, E-ISSN 1873-684X, Vol. 42, no 12, 4000-4005 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Computational fluid dynamics has become an important tool in the prediction of thermal comfort in occupied spaces. Despite its ability to predict temperature and velocity fields, it is more difficult to evaluate the degree of thermal comfort experienced by an occupant. This article describes the construction of a new numerical thermal manikin, with new comfort evaluation methods based on data from thermal manikin measurements as well as subjective results from several hundred experiments. The level of thermal comfort is highly dependent on the local environment. Human beings respond differently to local heat transfer in different parts of their bodies. It is suggested for that reason that local results from manikins should be presented in new clothing independent comfort zone diagrams. The research presented in here is intended to be used to evaluate system solutions that provide improved thermal climate in many different everyday situations, e.g. all types of buildings and vehicles.

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2007. Vol. 42, no 12, 4000-4005 p.
Keyword [en]
Thermal manikin; Mannequin; Thermal climate assessment; Clothing-independence; Comfort zone diagram
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Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2504DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.04.027ISI: 000249847600009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34547933312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2504DiVA: diva2:119166
Available from: 2008-05-28 Created: 2008-05-28 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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