Application of a thermophysiological model for assessing non-uniform thermal environments (ID:225)

E.C.M. van Oeffelen, M.G.L.C. Loomans, M.H. Wit, de, W.D. Marken Lichtenbelt, van, A.J.H. Frijns

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Abstract

Thermophysiological models may provide an alternative solution to predict thermal comfort in non-uniform thermal environments. In this study a thermophysiological model based on the model of Fiala was used. The purpose of the study was to validate the model through a laboratory study with test subjects who were exposed to a non-uniform thermal environment. During the experiments both the physiological response and thermal sensation ofthe subjects were measured. The physiological response and thermal sensation predicted by the thermophysiological model were compared to the measurement results. The results showed that the model predicts the mean skin temperature well (root mean squared deviation 0.95K). However, the predicted core temperature was too low «36°C) for subjects with a high fat percentage (>20%). The bias between predicted and measured thermal sensation was large(root mean squared deviation 0.95). Possible improvements to the model are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndoor Air 2008: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
EditorsP. Strøm-Tejsen, BW Olesen, P Wargocki, D. Zukowska, J. Togtum
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
ISBN (Print)9788778772701
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2008), August 17-22, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 17 Aug 200822 Aug 2008

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2008), August 17-22, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark
Abbreviated titleIndoor Air 2008
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period17/08/0822/08/08

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