THERMAL INSULATION AND THERMAL CONTACT
PROPERTIES OF UPHOLSTERED LEATHER FURNITURE IN
Original Scientific Paper
Authors: Lubos Hes, Aura Mihai, Mariana Ursache
Key words: thermal comfort, leather, upholstery furniture
Contemporary furniture should provide high level of the sensorial and thermal comfort to its users, both in dry state and after partial wetting due to the increased air humidity and sweating of the seated persons. In the paper, thermal resistance, thermal conductivity and thermal contact feeling (thermal absorbtivity) of 10 oxhide and 5 artificial leather samples used for the upholsted furniture were experimentally determined. The measurements involved the samples both in dry and wet state. It was found, that with the increased relative moisture of the samples, their thermal resistance decreases rapidly, and the feeling of coollnes increases.