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Increasing Thermal Comfort through Individual Heating Options in a German ICE Long-Distance Train

Zierke, Oliver and Goerke, Panja and Maier, Julia and Schmeling, Daniel and Schiepel, Daniel (2022) Increasing Thermal Comfort through Individual Heating Options in a German ICE Long-Distance Train. In: World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2022. World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2022, 2022-06-06 - 2022-06-10, Birmingham. (In Press)

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The European Commission aims at being competitive and sustainable in passenger transport. One determinant for rail attractiveness is the passengers’ thermal comfort. Commonly, comfortable climate environments are realized by optimizing central HVAC systems. This approach neglects individual preferences and might not satisfy all passengers at best. In this paper, we investigated whether different heating devices enabling individual temperature control could be used to create a climate situation in which the passengers’ satisfaction was at least as high as in global baseline conditions, although mean air temperature was 2K cooler. The study took place in a representative ICE laboratory carriage that served as stationary test facility. In total, 84 subjects participated in four test trials. Comfort ratings were assessed via established standardized questionnaires. Results revealed that comfort variables did not differ depending on the type of temperature control. It was concluded that usage of individual heating devices compensated for 2K lower temperatures in the individual conditions but did not increase the thermal comfort. Thereby, all heating devices were perceived as being equally comfortable. Moreover, it became obvious that it is not the psychological effect of having control which accounts for the perceived comfort, but it is more important that the temperature is regulated exactly the way a passenger wants it. This finding points to options for future comfort improvements by implementing locally personalized climate environments.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187085/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Increasing Thermal Comfort through Individual Heating Options in a German ICE Long-Distance Train
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Zierke, OliverUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0763-3372UNSPECIFIED
Goerke, PanjaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0340-388XUNSPECIFIED
Maier, JuliaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1387-7939UNSPECIFIED
Schmeling, DanielUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2712-9974UNSPECIFIED
Date:8 June 2022
Journal or Publication Title:World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:In Press
Keywords:thermal comfort, individual climatization, IR-heating, subject study
Event Title:World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) 2022
Event Location:Birmingham
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:6 June 2022
Event End Date:10 June 2022
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 (old)
Location: Göttingen , Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Aviation and Space Psychology
Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Ground Vehicles
Deposited By: Zierke, Oliver
Deposited On:09 Aug 2022 10:37
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:48

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