Thermal Science 2012 Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages: 321-326
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Three dimensional numerical analysis of temperature distribution in an automobile cabin
Sevilgen Gokhan, Kilic Muhsin
In this study, 3-D numerical analysis of temperature distribution in the
automobile cabin were performed by using computational fluid dynamics method.
For this purpose, a 3-D automobile cabin including window and outer surfaces
was modeled by using the real dimensions of a car. To evaluate the results of
numerical analysis according to thermal comfort, a virtual manikin divided
into 17 parts with real dimensions and physiological shape was added to the
model of the automobile cabin. Temperature distributions of the automobile
cabin were obtained from the results of the 3-D steady and transient
numerical analyses for standard heating and cooling period. Validations of
the results were achieved by comparing to the results of the experimental
studies performed simultaneously with the numerical analyses.
Keywords: computational fluid dynamics, automobile cabin, virtual manikin