Female manikin used for general research of thermal comfort in clothing and different environments
The university has acquired a female manikin. It is mainly used in the department of building physics by Professor Phillip Griffiths and his students.
Several research studies have taken advantage of the manikin tool, including projects carried out outside the lab in offices and homes. Currently the manikin is applied to a long term study looking at the temperature in a living room.
Feedback from Professor Phillip Griffiths:
“The manikin is easy to use. You need to think what you want to achieve with it. It produces very standard data, based upon Fanger’s work. One really good advantage is to spot asynchronous thermal discomfort – so a cooling of a side of the body which is facing towards a cold window, or a hand/foot which is cooling quicker than other body parts because it is exposed to a draft.
Changing clothes on her is more difficult than a human – but then maybe if I was an undertaker I would have similar problems……. but she does not complain and that is a wonderful advantage”