Assessment of body mapping sportswear using a manikin operated in constant temperature mode and thermoregulatory model control mode

Faming Wang, Simona Del Ferraro, Vincenzo Molinaro, Matthew Morrissey, René Rossi

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Regional sweating patterns and body surface temperature differences exist between genders. Traditional sportswear made from one material and/or one fabric structure has a limited ability to provide athletes sufficient local wear comfort. Body mapping sportswear consists of one piece of multiple knit structure fabric or of different fabric pieces that may provide athletes better wear comfort. In this study, the ‘modular’ body mapping sportswear was designed and subsequently assessed on a ‘Newton’ type sweating manikin that operated in both constant temperature mode and thermophysiological model control mode. The performance of the modular body mapping sportswear kit and commercial products were also compared. The results demonstrated that such a modular body mapping sportswear kit can meet multiple wear/thermal comfort requirements in various environmental conditions. All body mapping clothing (BMC) presented limited global thermophysiological benefits for the wearers. Nevertheless, BMC showed evident improvements in adjusting local body heat exchanges and local thermal sensations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1673-1682
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Body mapping
  • Local thermal comfort
  • Sportswear
  • Sweating patterns
  • Thermoregulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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