Evaluation of thermal comfort using combined multi-node thermoregulation (65MN) and radiation models and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Shinichi Tanabe, Kozo Kobayashi, Junta Nakano, Yoshiichi Ozeki, Masaaki Konishi

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    The 65-node thermoregulation model was developed, based on the Stolwijk model. The model has 16 body segments corresponding to the thermal manikin, each consisting of four layers for core, muscle, fat and skin. The 65th node in the model is the central blood compartment, which exchanges convective heat with all other nodes via the blood flow. Convective and radiant heat transfer coefficients and clothing insulation were derived from the thermal manikin experiments. A thermoregulation model combined with radiation exchange model and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is proposed. The comprehensive simulation method is described.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)637-646
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnergy and Buildings
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jul



    • CFD
    • Non-uniform
    • Numerical model
    • Radiation model
    • Thermal comfort
    • Thermoregulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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