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Evaluating thermal environments by using a thermal manikin with controlled skin surface temperature

  • Author(s): Tanabe, S.
  • Arens, Edward A
  • Bauman, Fred
  • Zhang, H.
  • Madsen, T.
  • et al.

This paper describes a method for measuring nonuniform thermal environments using a new thermal manikin with controlled skin surface temperature. The manikin and its control logic are described, and an equivalent temperature based on the thermal manikin (teq) is proposed and discussed. A method to calculate the PMV index from manikin heat loss is also given.

To calibrate these methods, fundamental data were collected. The manikin-based equivalent temperature (teq) is shown to be effective at accounting for the effects of local heat sources and asymmetrical environmental conditions.

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