Report from SAE World Congress

Each year, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) brings together a vast array of knowledge, innovation, and new products at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.  This year, Thermetrics President Rick Burke attended the congress to meet with existing customers and discuss applications of Thermetrics products for the transportation industry.  The event included strategic and technical sessions, exhibit spaces, and even a Ride and Drive section to try out new vehicles firsthand.

Dedicated technical sessions for Human Factors in Seating Comfort, Climate Control, and Thermal Systems Modeling and Simulation were especially relevant. 

Mark Hepokoski of ThermoAnalytics presented a paper co-authored by Rick Burke summarizing the joint work of Ford, ThermoAnalytics and Thermetrics validating the HVAC Manikin, Adaptive Newton Manikin, and human subject in vehicle time-to-comfort tests. 

Matt Jeffers from National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented his work on load reduction strategies for electric vehicles, applying the HVAC Manikin to monitor occupant boundary conditions and characterize the differences resulting window glazing and cabin pre-ventilation. 

The growing application of thermal and sensor manikins in transportation is an exciting trend that is motivated by the need for more repeatable quantitative feedback on increasingly sophisticated cabin climate control systems.

Here at Thermetrics, we’re working hard to keep our instruments evolving to meet these challenges: 

  • HVAC manikins to provide detailed sensor measurements to validate designs and tune climate controls.  
  • Adaptive Newton manikins which provide human-realistic physiological response and real-time prediction of thermal sensation and comfort.  
  • STAN manikins to precisely quantify the performance of current and next-generation heated and cooled seat surfaces. 

It’s what we love to do.