Development of MATLAB Scripts for the Calculation of Thermal Manikin Regional Resistance Values
Technical note 2015-2016
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA BIOPHYSICS AND BIOMEDICAL MODELING DIV
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A software tool has been developed via MATLABtrademark scripts to reduce the amount of repetitive and time-consuming calculations that are performed by thermal manikin and modeling personnel. Steps to operate the scripts as well as the underlying calculations are outlined in detail, and a file organization structure is recommended to run the scripts efficiently. A feature in the thermal manikin software that performs similar calculations is acknowledged and compared to the scripts. The ultimate goal is to improve the accuracy and efficiency of preparing raw thermal manikin data for physiological modeling through an automated tool that performs all necessary calculations. The current version of the scripts is only semi-automated due in large part to an evolving method of determining the clothing area factor, which is a necessary parameter to calculate required input for the Six Cylinder Thermoregulatory Model SCTM. Once a method is established, improvements detailed in this technical note should increase the level of automation of the script. The current scripts are customized for SCTM.
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