Comparison of thermal comfort of vehicle passengers according to gender and age

Jiyoung Kwak, Jiwon Yoo, Chungyoon Chun

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Abstract

To provide a comfortable indoor environment for vehicle passengers, thermal comfort studies were carried out, and HVAC systems were developed based on those studies. However, most of these studies conducted experiments in a climate chamber with a single-participant group. Therefore, as the first step toward developing advanced HVAC systems reflected characteristics of various passengers, this study investigated the differences in the thermal comfort of vehicle passengers based on their gender and age. The experiments were conducted during different seasons, inside actual vehicles parked outdoors, with three groups of participants - men in their 20s and 30s, and 40s and 50s, and women in their 20s and 30s. The result confirmed that thermal comfort in winter was different for men and women. Compared to men, women's whole-body sensations were more sensitive to change in mean skin temperature. Also, women felt more comfortable than men in winter. In terms of age, men in their 40s and 50s felt warmer in summer and cooler in winter than men in their 20s and 30s. Besides, they felt less comfortable than younger men in both seasons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Subtitle of host publicationCreative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
ISBN (Electronic)9781713823605
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2020 Nov 1 → …

Publication series

Name16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020

Conference

Conference16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/11/1 → …

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program-Market-independent 3rd Generation xEV Industry Development Project (20011377, Development of Thermal Comfort Management Technology for the Improvement of Emotional Satisfaction Effect of close air-conditioning system) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate: Creative and Smart Solutions for Better Built Environments, Indoor Air 2020. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution

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