Experiments and CFD simulations of protective facemask-inclusive human thermal stress
Mr. Zhong Qilong
PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Date & Time
Thursday, 28 April 2022
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are facing dual challenges from infection risks and extra heat and breathing burdens with the use of protective facemasks (PFMs). To evaluate the PFM-induced heat stress, the study aims to study the mechanisms of heat exchanges between human and environment under the intervention of PFMs via both experiments and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. In the experimental phase, the influence of human activity intensities, and types of PFMs (flat, fold, and cup) on thermal and breathing comfort were tested. In the CFD simulation phase, simulation results were compared with experimental data for validation and model sensitivity analyses were conducted to assess the impact of different factors (e.g., exhale temperature, exhale frequency, blood temperature, mask resistance, etc.) on facial thermal stress induced by PFMs. In this seminar, our up-to-date knowledge about all the major factors influencing PFM-induced thermal stress will be discussed.
Natural & Built Environment