Modelling radiation fluxes in simple and complex environments: Basics of the RayMan model

  • Matzarakis A
  • Rutz F
  • Mayer H
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Short- and long-wave radiation flux densities absorbed by people have a significant influence on their energy balance. The heat effect of the absorbed radiation flux densities is parameterised by the mean radiant temperature. This paper presents the physical basis of the RayMan model, which simulates the short- and long-wave radiation flux densities from the three-dimensional surroundings in simple and complex environments. RayMan has the character of a freely available radiation and human-bioclimate model. The aim of the RayMan model is to calculate radiation flux densities, sunshine duration, shadow spaces and thermo-physiologically relevant assessment indices using only a limited number of meteorological and other input data. A comparison between measured and simulated values for global radiation and mean radiant temperature shows that the simulated data closely resemble measured data.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Human thermal comfort
  • Human-biometeorological indices
  • Mean radiant temperature
  • Radiation flux densities
  • RayMan model

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