Human response to the thermal indoor environment created by a radiant, and a combined radiant and convective cooling system

Ongun Berk Kazanci, Dolaana Khovalyg, Takayoshi Iida, Yoshitaka Uno, Tomo-oki Ukiana, Bjarne W. Olesen

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This study reports the main findings from a series of human subject experiments, where the subjects were exposed to the different indoor environments created by different cooling systems. The studied systems were a radiant cooling system (chilled ceiling and mixing ventilation, CCMV), and a combined radiant and convective cooling system (radiant diffuse ceiling ventilation, RDCV). The experiments were conducted in a climate chamber under controlled conditions. The climate chamber was configured as a twoperson office room. 24 human subjects (12 female and 12 male) were chosen. The exposure lasted three hours and the participants were allowed to work on their own tasks (normal office work) during the exposure. The cooling load was 54 W/m2 and the room temperature at a reference location was kept constant at 26°C (summer conditions). The results show that under both systems, whole body thermal sensation was between slightly warm and neutral (closer to neutral with the RDCV system), and the overall thermal acceptability was almost the same for both systems (close to clearly acceptable). The satisfaction of the human subjects with the thermal environment was very close under the two systems; between satisfactory and slightly satisfactory (closer to satisfactory). Air movement acceptability (slightly higher and closer to clearly acceptable with the RDCV system) was also very close with the two systems. The results of the human subject experiments agree well with the physical measurements of the thermal indoor environment and confirm that the studied systems created very similar thermal indoor environments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventClima 2019: 13th REHVA World Congress - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 26 May 201929 May 2019
Conference number: 13


ConferenceClima 2019: 13th REHVA World Congress


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