A mathematical model for predicting the total insulation value of a bedding system

Dongmei Pan, Zhongping Lin, Shiming Deng

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Abstract

The total insulation value of a bedding system is a significant factor affecting the neutral temperature in a sleeping thermal environment. This paper reports on a study of developing a mathematical model for predicting the total insulation values of various bedding systems. The factors influencing the total insulation value of a bedding system such as the percentage coverage over a human body, types of bed with mattress and bedding, etc., were included in the model. The predicted total insulation values using the model developed were compared with the experimental results previously obtained in a related study. It was shown that the predicted total insulation values of different bedding systems agreed well with the experimental values. A statistics analysis further suggested that the mathematical model developed was able to predict the total insulation values of different bedding systems with an acceptable accuracy. Finally, using the model developed the impacts of key influencing factors on the total insulation value of a bedding system were assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1866-1872
Number of pages7
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume45
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Bedding system
  • Heat transfer
  • Mathematical model
  • Sleeping environment
  • Total insulation value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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