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Title: Meta-analysis of the effects of microclimate cooling systems on human performance under thermal stressful environments : potential applications to occupational workers
Authors: Chan, APC 
Song, W
Yang, Y
Keywords: Meta-analysis
Microclimate cooling system
Occupational worker
Performance
Thermal stressful environment
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Source: Journal of thermal biology, 2015, v. 49-50, p. 16-32 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Thermal Biology 
Abstract: This study aims to determine the appropriate microclimate cooling systems (MCSs) to reduce heat stress and improve human performance of occupational workers and their practicality in the occupational field. Meta-analysis was employed to summarize, analyze, and compare the effects of various MCSs on human performance with corresponding physiological and psychological responses, thereby providing solid suggestions for selecting suitable MCSs for occupational workers. Wearing MCSs significantly attenuated the increases in core temperature (-0.34. ¢XC/h) and sweating rate (-0.30. L/h), and significantly improved human performance (+29.9%, effect size [EFS]=1.1) compared with no cooling condition (CON). Cold air-cooled garments (ACG-Cs; +106.2%, EFS=2.32) exhibited greater effects on improving human performance among various microclimate cooling garments (MCGs), followed by liquid cooling garments (LCGs; +68.1%, EFS=1.86) and hybrid cooling garment combining air and liquid cooling (HBCG-AL; +59.1%, EFS=3.38), natural air-cooled garments (ACG-Ns; +39.9%, EFS=1.12), and phase change material cooling garments (PCMCGs; +19.5%, EFS=1.2). Performance improvement was observed to be positively and linearly
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/25336
ISSN: 0306-4565
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2015.01.007
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