Experimental and numerical studies on the performance evaluation of a bed-based task/ambient air conditioning (TAC) system

Mao Ning, Pan Dongmei, Ming Yin Jonathan Chan, Shiming Deng

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A bed-based TAC system applied to sleeping environments has been developed and its performances experimentally and numerically studied, and the study results are reported in this paper. Firstly, a detailed description of an experimental rig for the bed-based TAC system at two settings is presented with a return air inlet on the wall (Setting 1) and with a return air plenum and inlet placed under the bed (Setting 2). Secondly, the experimental results on the operating performances of the bed-based TAC system at the two settings in terms of thermal environmental control and energy saving are analyzed and reported. Thirdly, to supplement the experimental study for a more detailed analysis on air temperature and flow fields, a follow-up numerical study was carried out and is reported. Both the experimental and numerical study results suggested that the bed-based TAC system at Setting 2 performed better in controlling thermal environment in an occupied zone but with a relatively poorer energy saving performance, as compared to that at Setting 1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-967
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Energy saving
  • Sleeping environments
  • Task/ambient air conditioning (TAC) system
  • Thermal comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy(all)

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