A combined transient hygrothermal and population model of house dust mites in beds

Pretlove, Stephen and Ridley, Ian and Horwood, Jane and Leung, Brian and Cox, Phil and Thomson, D. and Baker, Nick and Crowther, David and Oreszczyn, Tadj (2001) A combined transient hygrothermal and population model of house dust mites in beds. In: ASHRAE IAQ 2001 conference, 4 - 7 November 2001, San Francisco.

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Abstract

This paper describes a current multi-disciplinary UK funded research project aimed at developing a hygrothermal model of house dust mite response to environmental conditions. The project involves the development of a transient hygrothermal bed model, which has been tested and validated by comparing its predictions with the environmental conditions measured in a bed in a test laboratory and in beds in dwellings. A dust mite population model is currently being developed and is being tested by carrying out mite population growth studies in the laboratory, where environmental conditions can be controlled and measured accurately, and in dwellings. The aim of the project is to integrate the hygrothermal model with the population model so that assessments of the risks associated with dust mite populations in dwellings can be made. The combined model can also be used as a practical tool for examining how the dust mite microenvironments can most effectively be improved by changing the design and use of a dwelling.

Additional Information:IAQ 2001 Moisture, Microbes and Health Effects: Indoor Air Quality and Moisture in Buildings
Keywords:Hydrothermal modelling, House Dust Mite, Population dynamics, Population modelling
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G150 Mathematical Modelling
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
C Biological Sciences > C340 Entomology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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ID Code:26797
Deposited On:06 Apr 2017 12:02

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