1991-02-01

Development of a Test Procedure for Quantifying Performance Benefits of Solar Control Glazings on Occupant Comfort 910536

The evaluation of the performance benefits of solar load reducing glazings using production vehicles is key to the establishment of the product cost/benefit ratio. Climatic windtunnels normally used to evaluate heat gain and vehicle cooldown can not provide true solar simulation. Comparative testing using a test car and a control vehicle must therefore be conducted outside in uncontrollable ambient conditions.
The subject paper deals with the development of a testing methodology capable of quantifying thermal performance differences, as low as 5%, resulting from component differences, including glazings. The procedure described includes the use of B & K Thermal Comfort Meters to standardize the refrigeration system performance and to evaluate the rate of vehicle interior cooldown. Data taken during summer test programs in the Southwest for evaluation of heat absorbing glazings will be reviewed. Data to be presented include interior air and surface temperatures during soak testing and cooldown comparisons under city drive conditions. The general relationship of comfort meter data to driver comfort index will also be discussed.

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