The ThermoAnalytics Human Comfort Module is a collection of user routines and property database that is available under a separate license to operate with RadTherm, RadThermIR or MuSESPro to simulate the thermal response of a human body when exposed to environments with significant thermal loads. The additional biothermal phenomena, including thermoregulatory mechanisms, are fully handled by this module, which functions as a dynamically linked library (DLL).
The Human Comfort Module can accurately calculate metabolic rates and blood perfusion energy rates, as well as respiratory heat losses and evaporation from the skin. The module is an active component operating within RadTherm or MuSESPro during the solution process, and it incorporates a localized clothing database. The body core temperature, as well as localized body segment temperatures are accurately predicted; and based on these values, a thermal comfort index using the ASHRAE seven-point scale (-3 to +3), is computed.
The Human Comfort Module is useful for determining the comfort of humans in the design of clothing, aircraft, vehicles, and buildings; and can also be applied to address the safety concerns of humans working in thermally significant environments such as firefighters, pilots, foundry workers, and soldiers. The Human Comfort Module operates with Version 9.0 of RadTherm, RadThermIR and MuSES. For certain applications, such as the Federal Aviation Administration certification of aircraft thermal safety for pilots and passengers, the Human Comfort Module has been validated against the ASHRAE two-node model.