Influence of sinusoidal airflow and airflow distance on human thermal response to a personalized ventilation system

Yongxin Xie, Sauchung Fu, Chili Wu, Christopher Y.H. Chao

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Since the concept of personalized ventilation was introduced in the late 1990s, many studies on thermal comfort have been conducted and a number of parameters identified. In this research, the influence of three parameters, the airflow speed, airflow fluctuating period and a parameter which has drawn less attention in previous studies – the airflow distance between the human subject and the nozzle of the personalized ventilation device on air movement perception, thermal sensation and thermal comfort – are studied. The combinations of fluctuating period and airflow amplitude were selected based on the Power Spectrum Density method. Then 25 human subjects participated in the thermal comfort experiment, each of them underwent 54 tests of different experimental conditions and expressed their thermal feelings by completing the survey questionnaire. Our findings showed that a longer airflow distance could lead to cooler thermal sensation, but not cause any difference in thermal comfort. Changing the fluctuating period of the sinusoidal airflow from 10 s to 60 s did not cause an influence on thermal sensation, but a shorter fluctuating period could result in a higher air movement perception. When dealing with thermal comfort issues, a joint effect with airflow speed and fluctuating period occurs and this should also be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-330
Number of pages14
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Airflow distance
  • Fluctuating period
  • Personalized ventilation
  • Thermal comfort
  • Thermal sensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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