Development and Validation of an Empirical Equation to Predict Sweating Skin Surface Temperature for Thermal Manikins

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@inproceedings{daeed2708d094e4b8b0e8bc5b6183f52,
title = "Development and Validation of an Empirical Equation to Predict Sweating Skin Surface Temperature for Thermal Manikins",
abstract = "Thermal manikins are useful tools to study the clothing comfort and environmental ergonomics. The simulation of sweating can be achieved by putting a highly wicking stretchable knit fabric “skin” on top of the manikin. However, the addition of such a fabric skin makes it is difficult to accurately measure the skin surface temperature. Moreover, it takes considerable amount of time to measure the fabric skin surface temperature for each test. At present the attachment of temperature sensors to the wet fabric skin is still a challenge. The distance of the sensors to the fabric skin could significantly influence the temperature and relative humidity values of the wet skin surface. Hence, we conducted an intensive skin study on a dry thermal manikin to investigate the relationships among the nude manikin surface temperature, heat losses and the fabric skin surface temperature. An empirical equation was developed and validated on the thermal manikin {"}Tore{"} at Lund University. The empirical equation at ambient temperature 34 oC is Tsk =34.00- 0.0103HL. This equation can be used to enhance the prediction accuracy on the sweating skin surface temperature and the calculation of clothing evaporative resistance.",
keywords = "empirical equation, isothermal, skin surface temperature, fabric skin, thermal manikin, clothing ensemble",
author = "Faming Wang and Kalev Kuklane and Chuansi Gao and Ingvar Holm{\'e}r and George Havenith",
year = "2010",
language = "English",
volume = "1-3",
publisher = "Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Society Limited",
pages = "1213--1218",
editor = "Yi Li and Yiping Qiu and Xiaonan Luo and Jiashen Li",
booktitle = "Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings",

}