Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26823
Title: Thermal comfort models : a review and numerical investigation
Authors: Cheng, Y
Niu, J 
Gao, N
Keywords: Non-uniform environment
Numerical simulation
Thermal sensation
Transient conditions
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Building and environment, 2012, v. 47, no. 1, p. 13-22 How to cite?
Journal: Building and environment 
Abstract: Thermal comfort may be achieved more energy-efficiently in non-uniform thermal environments than in uniform ones, and such environments are also frequently transient, so developing a thermal comfort model to evaluate thermal comfort asymmetrical environments or transient conditions has being an hotspot of recent study. This paper first reviews several thermal comfort models that address local thermal sensations and attempts to distinguish these models by their advantages, limitations and suitable ranges of applications. Then, two typical thermal comfort models, the simple ISO 14505 standard method and the comprehensive UC Berkeley thermal comfort model (UCB model), were coupled to computational fluid dynamic (CFD) numerical simulation with different process to evaluate thermal environment of a small office. The results indicated that compared with the UCB model, the ISO 14505 index could be applied with caution as a convenient method to evaluate thermal comfort in non-uniform, overall thermally neutral environments.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26823
ISSN: 0360-1323
EISSN: 1873-684X
DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.05.011
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