Optimizing Protective Clothing Design for Hot Outdoor Environments

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Thermal manikin tests were performed on selected protective garments to assess their heat transfer properties during exposure to infrared heat radiation. Comparing a newly developed Infrared (IR) Heat Radiation attenuatuion vest with a standard winter jacket, it could be seen that that the IR Vest provided a thermal comfort benefit above a heat radiation exposure level of 150 Watts while the winter jacket provided a thermal benefit above a 450 Watt heat radiation exposure level. The study identified important temperature cross-over points which define the thermodynamic properties and also characterize the heat radiation attenuation and heat insulation properties of garments. The evaluation method is seen as a new design tool for optimizing garment comfort and safety.

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Rosnah Mohd Yusuff, Siti Anom Ahmad, Dian Darina Indah Daruis, Baba Md Deros and Siti Zawiah Md Dawal

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89-92

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/AEF.10.89

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U. Reischl et al., "Optimizing Protective Clothing Design for Hot Outdoor Environments", Advanced Engineering Forum, Vol. 10, pp. 89-92, 2013

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December 2013

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