Investigation into the thermal comfort of university students conducting outdoor training

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Author(s)

  • Zhaosong Fang
  • Xiaoning Xu
  • Xiaoqing Zhou
  • Siqing Deng
  • Huijun Wu
  • Jianlin Liu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-38
Journal / PublicationBuilding and Environment
Volume149
Online published4 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Abstract

Heat stress negatively influences human health and performance, leading to lower efficiency in daily activities. In particular, strenuous training in outdoor hot environment conditions increases the potential for developing heat illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Few investigations have been conducted on heat stress during high-intensity outdoor training. The present study aims to summarize the evidence on the relations between high-intensity outdoor training and heat illness and between heat indices, including Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), Physiological Equivalent Temperature (PET) and Universal Thermal Climate Temperature (UTCI), and environmental parameters. In this investigation, fresh students were invited as volunteers to answer the questionnaire about their heat perception with microclimate measurements when they had a rest in a session of outdoor training. The results showed that some students had heat syncope and more than 30% suffered from “profuse sweating.” The effect of air temperature on thermal comfort was most significant. The stress categories of WBGT, PET, and UTCI need to be modified for freshmen outdoor training to avoid overexposure in a hot outdoor environment.

Research Area(s)

  • Outdoor thermal environment, Outdoor training, Physiological equivalent temperature, Thermal sensation vote, Universal thermal climate index

Citation Format(s)

Investigation into the thermal comfort of university students conducting outdoor training. / Fang, Zhaosong; Xu, Xiaoning; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Deng, Siqing; Wu, Huijun; Liu, Jianlin; Lin, Zhang.

In: Building and Environment, Vol. 149, 02.2019, p. 26-38.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review