Evaluating a Heavy-Duty Truck Climate Control System Using Thermal Comfort-Focused Testing and Simulation Techniques
A test protocol previously developed for automotive applications was adapted to evaluate the performance of a climate control system for a heavy-duty truck. Human subjects, as well as a test system composed of a high-resolution passive sensor manikin and a human thermal model, were employed to evaluate thermal comfort perception. Testing was performed in a climate-controlled wind tunnel equipped with a dynamometer. The truck’s HVAC system performance was evaluated in a −10 °C environment. Additionally, the test protocol was designed to explore a large range of thermal sensation and comfort states. Subjective responses, including thermal sensation and comfort, as well as thermo-physiological state information, quantified by skin temperatures measured across the body, were obtained from the human test participants and compared to that which was indicated by the test system.