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Models of human thermoregulation and the prediction of local and overall thermal sensations

Foda, E., Almesri, I., Awbi, H. B. and Sirén, K. (2011) Models of human thermoregulation and the prediction of local and overall thermal sensations. Building and Environment, 46 (10). pp. 2023-2032. ISSN 1873-684X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.04.010


This study aims at comparing the predictions of skin temperature from different models of human thermoregulation and investigating the currently available methods for the prediction of the local and overall thermal sensations. In this paper, the Fiala model, the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) thermoregulation model and a multi-segmental (MS) Pierce model were tested against recently measured data from the literature. The local and overall thermal sensations were predicted for different room conditions, obtained from a recent experimental study, using the UCB comfort model coupled with the MS-Pierce model. The overall thermal sensation was further predicted using three other models. The predictions were then compared with the subjective votes obtained from that study. The equivalent temperature approach was also investigated based on the same experimental study. The results show comparisons of the predicted skin temperature by the thermoregulation models, under steady state and dynamic conditions, with the measured data as well as the predictions of the thermal sensations from the different models.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Construction Management and Engineering
ID Code:114582

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