Clothing air layer, clothing area factor and total thermal insulation of Chinese male minority ethnic costumes

Wen Shi, Ye Hu Lu, Faming Wang

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In this study, nineteen sets of typical Chinese male ethnic costumes were selected from 19 Chinese minority groups. The clothing air layer, clothing area factor and thermal insulation were determined using a 3D body scanner and a 'Newton' thermal manikin. The effect of air layer on the clothing total thermal insulation was investigated. The relationship between the clothing intrinsic insulation and area factor was explored and a linear regression equation was also developed. Results showed that the empirical equation used for predicting area factor of western clothing was invalid to be used to estimate the area factor of Chinese costumes. Further, it was found that the clothing thermal insulation increases with the increasing of air volume and it started to drop when the total air volume exceeded 70 dm3.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings 2015 - 8th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2015
PublisherBinary Information Press
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2015 - Zadar, Croatia
Duration: 14 Jun 201517 Jun 2015


Conference8th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2015


  • 3D body scanner
  • Air volume
  • Clothing area factor
  • Ethnic costumes
  • Intrinsic insulation
  • Total thermal insulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering

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