Hygro-thermo-chemical transfer analysis of clothing microclimate using three-dimensional digital clothing model and computer-simulated person

Kei Murota, Yujin Kang, Sena Hyodo, Sung Jun Yoo*, Kazuki Takenouchi, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Kazuhide Ito

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Several studies regarding indoor environmental quality assessments based on computational human models have been reported. Recently, various computer-simulated persons for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations that reproduce a detailed human body geometry has been developed. However, clothing is usually treated with simplification as a resistance to heat/contaminant transfer, and detailed hygro-thermo-chemical transfer phenomena in clothing-centred area with complex geometry have not been fully discussed. It is also important to investigate the ventilation characteristics inside the air gap between the clothing and the human body. Thus, this study aimed to develop an analytical method of three-dimensional clothing model that can be applied to a computer-simulated person (CSP) for indoor computational fluid dynamics analysis. To identify the impact of the clothing model on the human and the microclimate around the body, hygro-thermo-chemical transfer analyses were conducted in a virtual simplified model room. By reproducing the detailed clothing geometry, ventilation inside the air gap and clothing-centred hygro-thermo-chemical transfer characteristics were quantitatively investigated. The data analysis technique established in this study could contribute to preparing foundational data for simplification of numerical modelling of clothing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493-1510
Number of pages18
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul


  • 3D digital clothing model
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computer-simulated person
  • Hygrothermal transfer
  • Multi-component diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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