Thermal and Fluid-dynamical Optimisation of Passengers Comfort in a Touring Bus CabinG. Petrone, G. Fichera, and M. Scionti
Bus-Engineering S.r.l., Catania, Italy
Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Innovations in air-conditioning and other forms of cooling or ventilation can be viewed as technological solutions improving environmental conditions that are beneficial for human health, comfort and productivity. This study deals with a thermal and fluid-dynamics investigation of passenger comfort in a touring bus cabin.
COMSOL Multiphysics® is used as a powerful design and optimization tool for air distribution devices. Results show that combining a standard ceiling system with a displacement scheme for the air inlets represents the best compromise for guaranteeing thermal comfort for passengers.