Computational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan office

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620583
Title:
Computational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan office
Authors:
Shahzad, Sally ( 0000-0003-2425-776X ) ; Calautit, John Kaiser; Hughes, Ben; Nasir, Diana S. N. M.
Abstract:
In this study, a thermal chair prototype was developed that allowed individual control over the temperature settings of the backrest and the seat. Limited research is focused on different methods to provide individual user control over the thermal environment. This is particularly difficult to achieve in an open plan office setting, where changing the temperature in one area directly influences the comfort and satisfaction of other occupants seated nearby. In this study, the application of the thermal chair was analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and field-test analysis in an open plan office in Leeds, UK during winter. The results of the CFD model indicated an improvement in local thermal comfort of the user,. The CFD analysis provided detailed analysis of the thermal distribution around a siting manikin and was used to design and construct the thermal chair. the results of the field data survey indicated a great improvement in users’ comfort (19%) and satisfaction (35%). This study concludes that local thermal control of the occupant improves their overall thermal comfort. It recommends further work to optimise the design of the thermal chair and also to improve the modelling for better predictions.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; University of Sheffield
Citation:
Shahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes BR. 2016. Computational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan office. ICAE 2016 Conference. Beijing, China. October 2016
Publisher:
Applied Energy
Journal:
ICAE 2016 Conference Proceedings
Issue Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620583
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Mechanical Engineering & the Built Environment

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dc.contributor.authorShahzad, Sallyen
dc.contributor.authorCalautit, John Kaiseren
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Benen
dc.contributor.authorNasir, Diana S. N. M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-15T19:48:31Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-15T19:48:31Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationShahzad S, Calautit JK, Hughes BR. 2016. Computational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan office. ICAE 2016 Conference. Beijing, China. October 2016en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/620583-
dc.description.abstractIn this study, a thermal chair prototype was developed that allowed individual control over the temperature settings of the backrest and the seat. Limited research is focused on different methods to provide individual user control over the thermal environment. This is particularly difficult to achieve in an open plan office setting, where changing the temperature in one area directly influences the comfort and satisfaction of other occupants seated nearby. In this study, the application of the thermal chair was analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and field-test analysis in an open plan office in Leeds, UK during winter. The results of the CFD model indicated an improvement in local thermal comfort of the user,. The CFD analysis provided detailed analysis of the thermal distribution around a siting manikin and was used to design and construct the thermal chair. the results of the field data survey indicated a great improvement in users’ comfort (19%) and satisfaction (35%). This study concludes that local thermal control of the occupant improves their overall thermal comfort. It recommends further work to optimise the design of the thermal chair and also to improve the modelling for better predictions.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherApplied Energyen
dc.subjectThermal chairen
dc.subjectComforten
dc.subjectopen plan officeen
dc.subjectThermal controlen
dc.subjectCFDen
dc.titleComputational and field test analysis of thermal comfort performance of user-controlled thermal chair in an open plan officeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffielden
dc.identifier.journalICAE 2016 Conference Proceedingsen
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