C.P. Leão and S.F.C.F. Teixeira (Portugal)
Modelling and Simulation of Thermal Comfort, Usability,
and Learning tools.
The developments of a learning tool for under and post
graduate studies is described from the concept to its
implementation. The thermal human comfort perception
is mainly affected by heat and mass balance transfer
between the human body and its environment. The
mathematical model used estimates the full time
dependent temperature distribution in several body parts.
It has been incorporated into a computer interface in order
to facilitate the use of the mathematical model. Due to its
simplicity, the empirical thermal comfort index (PMV),
normally used to predict the thermal comfort, was also
considered. Usability tests were performed during and
after developments in order to improve the interface
software. Several results are presented and discussed in a
pedagogical point of view.