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Considering individual physiological differences in a human thermal model


Physiological differences between individuals can significantly affect human thermal response to the environment. In practice, most thermal models use a single set of physiological data to represent an average person. We have developed a model to translate descriptive data about an individual into a set of physiological parameters which may be used in thermal models. We have incorporated these parameters into a model of human thermoregulation and comfort, which may be used to predict variations in thermal response between individuals. This paper presents this model and examples of its use in thermal simulation. r 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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