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Human thermal comfort model and manikin

  • Author(s): McGuffin, Rom
  • Burke, Rick
  • Huizenga, Charlie
  • Zhang, Hui, Ph.D
  • Vlahinos, Andreas
  • Fu, George
  • et al.

Current vehicle climate control systems are dramatically overpowered because they are designed to condition the cabin air mass in a specified period of time. A more effective and energy efficient objective is to directly achieve thermal comfort of the passengers. NREL is developing numerical and experimental tools to predict human thermal comfort in non-uniform transient thermal environments. These tools include a finite element model of human thermal physiology, a psychological model that predicts both local and global thermal comfort, and a high spatial resolution sweating thermal manikin for testing in actual vehicles.

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