E3S Web Conf.
Volume 32, 2018EENVIRO 2017 Workshop - Advances in Heat and Transfer in Built Environment
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|Published online||21 February 2018|
Preliminary research on virtual thermal comfort of automobile occupants
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Bd. Muncii 103-105, 400641, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2 Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Cambi Research Centre, Bd. Pache Protopopescu 66, Bucharest, Romania
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Numerical simulation of climate conditions in automotive industry for the study of thermal comfort had become more and more prominent in the last years compared with the classical approach which consists in wind tunnel measurements and field testing, the main advantages being the reduction of vehicle development time and costs. The study presented in this paper is a part of a project intended to evaluate different strategies of cabin ventilation for improving the thermal comfort inside vehicles. A virtual thermal manikin consisting of 24 parts was introduced on the driver seat in a vehicle. A heat load calculated for summer condition in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania was imposed as boundary condition. The purpose of this study was to elaborate a virtual thermal manikin suitable for our research, introduction of the manikin inside the vehicle and to examine his influence inside the automobile. The thermal comfort of the virtual manikin was evaluated in terms of temperature and air velocity.
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