Imai, K., Kataoka, T., MASUDA, T., and Inada, T., "New Evaluation Method of Transient and Non-Uniform Environment in a Passenger Compartment," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 5(2):876-884, 2012, doi:10.4271/2012-01-0633.
Development of new passenger-car climate control systems that contribute to improved comfort and decreased fuel consumption requires quantitative evaluations of thermal sensation and comfort. Therefore, a new evaluation method of the transient and non-uniform passenger-compartment thermal environment has been developed. Vehicle occupant's local thermal sensations are evaluated by using the local standard new effective temperature (SET*) that is calculated using a human thermoregulation model. The occupant's whole-body thermal comfort is then evaluated by local thermal sensation. The theory of the method and some example application results are introduced in this paper.