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

Sally Shahzad, Ben Hughes, John Kaiser Calautit, Diana SNM Nasir

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Abstract

In this study, a thermal Department prototype was developed that allowed personal control over the temperature settings of the back-rest and the seat. Limited research focuses 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 Department 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 the 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 Department. The results of the field data survey indicated a great improvement in users' comfort (20%) 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 Department and to improve the modelling for better predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2635-2640
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume105
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Event8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2016 - Beijing, China
Duration: 8 Oct 201611 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • comfort
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • open plan office
  • thermal control
  • thermal department

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