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HumanComfort Library

Human Comfort within Air-Conditioned Zones

Humans feel comfortable within certain limits defined by thermal and personal factors, but energy systems are often optimized with regard to economical rules.

The library contains basic models to estimate the thermal comfort of occupants or a group of occupants within an air-conditioned zone. The comfort results are provided in form of mathematical criteria and graphical visualizations.

 HumanComfort library structure HumanComfort automotive cabin
Library structure     Automotive cabin (PMV-based controller)

The HumanComfort Library was initially developed within the research project EUROSYSLIB and has been extended by modeling details like shading, 3D heat conduction for thermal bridges and CO2 emission of occupants.

The library has a modular approach consisting of three packages:

  • HumanComfort: thermal comfort analysis

  • Weather: weather model for annual simulation

  • Zones: buildings, aircrafts and automotive models

The use of standardized interfaces enables an easy coupling to existing Modelica libraries (e.g. combination of automotive cabin models with AC models using Modelica.Fluid connectors). The user may also combine existing building simulation models with the HumanComfort module.

New in version 1.2:
  • Condensation at cold surfaces (cooling ceilings, windows)

  • More models for pressure drop and convective heat transfer

  • More application examples (automotive cabin, bungalow),
    HowTo example with training material

New in version 1.3:
  • Multi-layer walls can be simplified to one capacitive mass without changing parametrization.

  • New pressure loss models (vessel equations, simple quadratic, constant)

  • A new weather model allows changes of latitude and longitude during simulation. This enables long flight or driving scenarios, where solar radiation changes geographically.

  • All parts of an automotive or aircraft zone have a common frame of reference. This allows turning cabins in all directions, dynamically.

  • Updated to Modelica Standard Library 3.2.1

Further Information


HumanComfort Library, Catalog Page (PDF, 313 kB)
HumanComfort Library, Datasheet (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Modelica Libraries, Catalog (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Tutorial Tutorial for HumanComfort Library
Literature HumanComfort Modelica-Library - Thermal Comfort in Buildings and Mobile Applications (PDF, 892 kB)
(7th International Modelica Conference, 2009)
Modeling and Calibration of a Thermal Model for an Automotive Cabin using HumanComfort Library (PDF, 923 kB)
(9th International Modelica Conference, 2012)


HumanComfort Library 1.3.2 is available for Dymola.
Tested on Dymola 2015 and Modelica Standard Library 3.2.1.

For more information, prices and quotations please contact info@Bausch-Gall.de.

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