Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24225
Title: Perceptions of temperature, moisture and comfort in clothing during environmental transients
Authors: Li, Y 
Keywords: Temperature
Moisture
Comfort
Perceptions
Environmental transients
Clothing
Psychophysics
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Ergonomics, 2005, v. 48, no. 3, p. 234-248 How to cite?
Journal: Ergonomics 
Abstract: A study has been carried out to investigate the psychophysical mechanisms of the perception of temperature and moisture sensations in clothing during environmental transients. A series of wear trials was conducted to measure the psychological perception of thermal and moisture sensations and the simultaneous temperature and humidity at the skin surface, fabric surface and in the clothing under simulated moderate rain conditions. Jumpers made from wool and acrylic fibres were used in the trial. Analysis has been carried out to study the relationship between psychological perceptions of temperature and moisture and the objectively measured skin and fabric temperatures and relative humidity in clothing microclimate. The perception of warmth seems to follow Fechner's law and Stevens' power law, having positive relationships with the skin temperature and fabric temperatures. The perception of dampness appears to follow Fechner's law more closely than Stevens' power law with a negative relationship with skin temperature, and is nonlinearly and positively correlated with relative humidity in clothing microclimate. The perception of comfort is positively related to the perception of warmth and negatively to the perception of dampness. This perception of comfort is positively related to the skin temperature, which appears to follow both Fechner's law and Stevens' law, also non-linearly and negatively related to relative humidity in clothing microclimate.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24225
ISSN: 0014-0139
EISSN: 1366-5847
DOI: 10.1080/0014013042000327715
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