Human body micro-environment: The benefits of controlling airflow interaction

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the micro-environment around a human body, and especially on its interaction with the surrounding environment. Research on the free convection flow generated by a human body (including the convective boundary layer around the body and the thermal plume above the body), its interaction with external invading flows and the resulting heat- and mass transfer, all of which are important for thermal comfort and inhaled air quality, is discussed. The benefit arising from control of the airflow interaction in the micro-environment, in terms of thermal comfort and inhaled air quality, is demonstrated by several methods that are applicable in practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume91
Pages (from-to)70-77
ISSN0360-1323
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Body heat and mass exchange
  • Control of airflow interactions
  • Human micro-environment
  • Thermal comfort and inhaled air quality

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