Personal protective clothing should protect the wearer against excessive overheating or overcooling. In this project, the effects of radiation, wind and wetting on the heat loss of the body were investigated for a range of clothing and climates using thermal manikin and human studies. Significant deviations of heat loss predicted using existing standards were evident under some conditions. Thus the results of this project have provided new insights into the transport of heat and mass through protective clothing and demonstrated the need for new clothing standards to be developed.
Loughborough University (UK), Lund University (SE), TNO (NL), CNRS (F), IfaDo (D), VTT (FIN), W.L. Gore (D)
Dr. René Rossi