SOLIDWORKS Thermal Comfort Factors
Understand and evaluate thermal comfort levels for multiple environments using thermal comfort factor analysis with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and the HVAC Application Module.
Tightly integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD, thermal comfort factor analysis using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be a regular part of your design process—reducing the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework or delays, and saving time and development costs.
Thermal Comfort Factors Analysis Overview
When designing an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, it is crucial to understand the level of thermal comfort for people in their environments (for example, home, office, bus, plane) as early as possible in the development cycle. However, thermal comfort is subjective. So, the realistic aim is to create a thermal environment that satisfies the maximum possible percentage of people taken as a group in a given environment.
Assessment of the thermal environment in the occupied zone requires knowing what are called Thermal Comfort Parameters, such as:
- Predicted Mean Vote (PMV)
- Predicted Percent Dissatisfied (PPD)
- Operative Temperature
- Draft Temperature
- Air Diffusion Performance Index (ADPI)
In addition to thermal comfort level, HVAC engineers can also review factors which give them information about air quality, such as:
- Contaminant Removal Effectiveness (CRE)
- Local Air Quality Index (LAQI)