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Vol. 252, Issue 5, October 2021, pp. 35-41




Simulation and Measurement of Comfort Related Microclimate

1 Michael Kurz, 2 Christoph Russ and 1 Bernhard Kurz

1 Institute for Applied Ergonomics, Siedlerstr. 1, 85716 Unterschleissheim, Germany

2 InsideClimate GmbH, Hilpoltsteinerstr. 1b, 83607 Holzkirchen, Germany

1 Tel.: + 49 89 62489595, fax: + 49 89 662065 E-mail: info@ifaerg.de


Received: 9 August 2021 /Accepted: 29 September 2021 /Published: 31 October 2021



Abstract: Although microclimate is only one aspect when it comes to look at comfort determining factors, it decisively gains importance with increased wearing or using cycles of apparel, seating and laying systems. One of the challenges arising with validation of climate comfort are suitable test and evaluation standards in order to achieve high reproducability and reliable forecasts. These requirements can only be met economically with human-physiologically adapted climate simulation combined with a suitable measuring technique for temperature and humidity distributions. The unique combination of the SWEATOR climate simulation and the SWEATlog sensor mats meet this requirements in an outstanding way. Apart from realistic and physiologically relevant microclimate simulations, the application of special, precise and bus- compatible combi-sensors for temperature and humidity offers the calculation of heat and humidty maps for visualization. Using specific clustering methods and numberless correlation results from occupant tests, the calculation of various material parameters, such as thermal or vapor resistances, as well as comfort indicators can be realized for valuable and reliable comfort forecasts.


Keywords: Microclimate measurement, Heat and humidity map, Microclimate simulation, Comfort assessment.


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