Thermal comfort, physiological responses and performance during exposure to a moderate temperature drift

Lisje Schellen, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Martin de Wit, Marcel Loomans, Arjan Friins, Jørn Toftum

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Abstract

The objective of this research was to study the effects of a moderate temperature drift on human thermal comfort, physiological responses, productivity and performance. A dynamic thermophysiological model was used to examine the possibility of simulating human thermal responses and thermal comfort under moderate transient conditions. To examine the influence of a moderate temperature ramp, a climate room set-up with experimental subjects was used. Eight subjects visited the climate room on two occasions: 1) exposure to a transient condition (a moderate temperature ramp) and 2) a steady temperature corresponding with a neutral thermal sensation (control situation). During the experiments both physiological responses and thermal sensation were measured. Productivity and performance were assessed with a ‘Remote Performance Measurement’ (RPM) method. Physiological and thermal sensation data indicate significant differences between the transient condition and the control situation. Productivity and performance tests show no significant changes between the two situations. Simulations obtained with the thermophysiological model were in good agreement with the measurements. Possible improvements of the performance and productivity tests and the thermophysiological model will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherInternational Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy
Publication date2008
Pages555
ISBN (Print)9788778772701
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 17 Aug 200822 Aug 2008
Conference number: 11
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Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Number11
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period17/08/200822/08/2008
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