Francesca Romana d’Ambrosio Alfano, Boris Igor Palella, Giuseppe Riccio
Bibliographic info:
Climamed 2005 - 2nd Mediterranean Congress of Climatization, February 2005, Madrid, Sapin

The enhancement of the know-how of the thermal environment has leaded to the formulation of more rational methods for the evaluation of the thermal responses of people. Nevertheless the improvement in human body heat exchange modelling resulted in more complex algorithms making difficult an easy assessment of thermal environments, especially for the beginners. Moreover the assessment interpretation according to the regulations in force is not trivial. Therefore the need of a friendly software able to evaluate both thermal comfort and stress indexes improving the life quality and, on the other hand, minimizing the risk of thermal stress pathologies in extreme working conditions, is becoming very urgent.
In this paper an interactive program for the thermal environment assessment is
presented. It allows at first to ascertain if the thermal environment is moderate or extreme; moreover, after this preliminary check, it is able to evaluate the whole of thermal indexes.
The numeric procedures adopted follow the ISO standard actually in force. The use of this software results in a very easy assessment of the thermal environment for both the ergonomics specialist and the beginner.