Chair with Integrated Personalized Ventilation for Minimizing Cross Infection

Peter V. Nielsen, Niels Møller Bartholomaeussen, Ewa Jakubowska, Hao Jiang, Oli Thor Jonsson, Karolina Krawiecka, Adam Mierzejewski, Sara Jessica, Katarzyna Trampczynska, Marcin Polak, Mads Soennichsen

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Normally we protect ourselves from cross infection by supplying fresh air to a room by a diffuser, and this air is distributed in the room according to different principles as: mixing ventilation, displacement ventilation, etc. That means that it is necessary to supply a very large amount of air to the whole room to ensure a dilution of airborne infection.

Personalized ventilation has proven to be a very efficient system to protect people from cross infection because clean air is supplied direct to the breathing zone. Most designs of personalized ventilation are based on a supply jet. The problem with those systems is the fact that the jet entrains air from the surroundings and, therefore, reduces the amount of fresh air which reaches the breathing zone. The entrainment is minimized in the system discussed here, especially when the source of clean air is located in the boundary layer close to the breathing zone (face). The present idea utilizes the fact that the head or the body is in natural contact with surfaces as mattresses, pillows, neck support pillows, headrests, clothing, blankets, walls, etc., and those surfaces are designed also to be a supply opening of fresh air.

A neck support pillow and a chair with a supply surface have been tested. Very high protection can be obtained by the chair with integrated diffuser. An effectiveness up to 95% can be reached, and the different systems have in general an effectiveness larger than 50% to 80%. The flow rate to the system should be at a level of 10 l/s in most cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Roomvent 2007 : Helsinki 13-15 June 2007
Number of pages11
PublisherFINVAC ry
Publication date2007
ISBN (Electronic)9789529989812
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventThe International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms, Roomvent - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 13 Jun 200715 Jun 2007
Conference number: 10


ConferenceThe International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms, Roomvent


  • Roomvent
  • The International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms
  • Personalized ventilation
  • Ventilation
  • Cross infection


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