A software tool that provides guidance on thermal comfort conditions for people with physical disabilities

Lynda H. Webb*, Adrian D. Bailey, Kenneth C. Parsons

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This paper describes a computer model that provides guidance on the thermal comfort responses and preferences of people with physical disabilities. The model uses data gathered during a three year project funded by the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. 150 subjects spent three two hour sessions in a thermal chamber where they were exposed to three environments: 18.5°C PMV=-1.5 (slightly cool to cool); 23°C PMV=0 (neutral); and 29°C, PMV=+1.5 (slightly warm to warm). Ten categories of disability are presented in the model they are: cerebral palsy, spinal injury, spinal degeneration, Spina bifida, hemiplegia & Stroke, Polio, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, head injury and multiple sclerosis. The model contains the raw data from the study and with a user friendly front end can produce a variety of graphical data analysis charts and summary information including sensation, preference and satisfaction. Disabilities can be investigated singularly or grouped. The model runs on versions of Excel 3 or above.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-711
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2000
EventProceedings of the XIVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Association, 'Ergonomics for the New Millennnium' - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Jul 20004 Aug 2000


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