Thermal environment in a simulated double office room with convective and radiant cooling systems

Panu Mustakallio, Zhecho Bolashikov, Lauris Rezgals, Aleksandra Lipczynska, Arsen Melikov, Risto Kosonen

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The thermal environment in a double office room obtained with chilled beam (CB), chilled beam with radiant panel (CBR), chilled ceiling with ceiling installed mixing ventilation (CCMV) and overhead mixing total volume ventilation (MTVV) under summer (cooling) condition was compared. Design (peak) and usual (average) heat load from solar radiation, office equipment, lighting and occupants was simulated, respectively at 62 W/m2 and 38 W/m2 under four different workstation layouts. Air temperature, globe (operative) temperature, radiant asymmetry, air velocity and turbulent intensity were measured and draught rate was calculated. Manikin-based equivalent temperature (MBET) was determined by using two thermal manikins. CCMV provided slightly more uniform thermal environment and the least sensitive to different workstation layouts than the other systems. CB provided a bit higher draught rate levels than CCMV especially in the design heat load cases. With CBR, the thermal environment was found to be between CB and CCMV. MTVV generated high draught level under the tested design heat load cases. All cooling systems generated similar thermal environment in the usual heat load cases. It would be recommended to include the measurement height of 0.05 m in indoor climate testing standards for obtaining more generic view of the draught risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-100
Number of pages13
JournalBuilding and Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Chilled beam
  • Chilled ceiling
  • Radiant cooling
  • Convective cooling
  • Mixing ventilation
  • Thermal comfort


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