Exploring Thermal Comfort and Dynamic Work Performance in a Different Transient Thermal Environment in Summer

  • Chang Xu
  • Nianping LiEmail author
  • Zhibin Wu
  • Ge Yao
  • Jing Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


This study aimed to explore human thermal perception and work efficiency in transient step-changes of thermal environment. An experiment was conducted in three different transient temperature conditions (34–22 °C, 34–26 °C and 34–30 °C). Eighteen healthy subjects were recruited to perform neurobehavioral tests and additional tests to replicate office work. Laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the effects of thermal environment on worker’s productivity. In the meantime, the individual differences in the perception and the complexity of the thermal environment were considered. The subjects filled out the thermal comfort questionnaires for a certain period of time. Finally, a quantitative relation was established between the thermal environment (thermal feeling voting) and the work efficiency of the personnel. The results revealed that thermal comfort caused by high, moderate and low temperature had an impact on workers’ productivity, and under three different transient step-changes of thermal environment, the workers’ productivity was varied at different stages in the short term.


Thermal environment Thermal comfort Human performance Evaluation 



The project was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51878255). The authors would like to thank the participants who volunteered for this study. The authors also would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their useful and valuable comments on this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chang Xu
    • 1
  • Nianping Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhibin Wu
    • 1
  • Ge Yao
    • 1
  • Jing Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Civil EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaChina

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