When the clothed human body experiences relative wind due to walking and external wind, heat and vapor transfers from the body to the environment are enhanced by ventilation through clothing. The clothing ventilation is related to the clothing permeability, open and close apertures, relative wind, clothed limbs swinging motion as well as the inter-segmental ventilation that occurs at the interconnection between the clothed human trunk and arms.
In this study, a computationally effective model is developed to estimate clothing ventilation based on the analogy between the air flow in the microclimate air layer and an electric circuit composed of resistance and inductance elements. The model takes into account the inter-connection between the segments for the clothed human upper part driven by difference of pressure in the microclimate air of the trunk and the upper arms. The estimation of the segmental ventilation, taking into account the inter-connection, allows the correction of the clothing dry resistances in a bio-heat model that will be used to predict the sensible heat losses of the clothed human.