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Effects of personal control for thermal comfort in long-distance trains

Maier, Julia and Zierke, Oliver and Hörmann, Hans-Jürgen and Goerke, Panja (2021) Effects of personal control for thermal comfort in long-distance trains. Energy and Buildings, 247, p. 111125. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111125. ISSN 0378-7788.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378778821004096


As a result of its low environmental impact the railway system is the prime candidate to enable domestic and continental mass passenger mobility. One important aspect determining the attractiveness of rail journeys is the thermal comfort that is provided in a passenger rail car. Newer approaches focusing on the improvement of thermal comfort in passenger rail cars are based on the idea to employ personalized comfort zones. It is generally assumed that individual control over indoor climate settings contributes to the passengers’ thermal comfort. The studies presented here further examine this assumption by considering the concept ‘‘thermo-specific self-efficacy” (specSE) as psychological construct in the context of thermal comfort in a railway car. Two studies with 11 human subject test runs including 172 subjects in total were performed in a mock-up of a passenger rail car. Environmental climate conditions in the mock-up were controlled and measured. It was found that specSE can be considered as a distinct construct and that it contributed substantially to the prediction of thermal comfort and climate satisfaction. In addition, it moderated the effects of available and exercised control. The presented results expand upon earlier findings for the concept of personal control and confirm the role of specSE for thermal comfort predictions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142731/
Document Type:Article
Title:Effects of personal control for thermal comfort in long-distance trains
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Maier, JuliaJulia.Maier (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1387-7939
Zierke, OliverOliver.Zierke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0763-3372
Hörmann, Hans-JürgenHans.Hoermann (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6358-7027
Goerke, PanjaPanja.Goerke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0340-388X
Date:June 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Energy and Buildings
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111125
Page Range:p. 111125
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Niu, JianleiThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Santamouris, MattheosUniversity of New South Wales, SydneyUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Thermal comfort Climate satisfaction Personal control Perceived control Thermo-specific self-efficacy Environmental psychology Long-distance trains
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Rail Transport
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V SC Schienenverkehr
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - NGT BIT
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Deposited By: Maier, Dr. Julia
Deposited On:18 Jun 2021 15:47
Last Modified:23 Jul 2022 13:45

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