Designing and assessing new firefighting protective clothing for Chinese female firefighters

Dan Dan Lai, Faming Wang

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Abstract

In this study, a new set of firefighting protective clothing for Chinese female firefighters was designed. The two most important physical parameters (i.e., thermal insulation and evaporative resistance) to quantify clothing thermal comfort were determined using a thermal manikin under a variety of conditions (i.e. two levels air velocity: 0.4 m/s and 1.0 m/s; two walking speeds: 0 and 0.96 m/s). The existing firefighting clothing was used as a control. Results demonstrated that both the existing firefighting clothing and the new female firefighting clothing had a similar total thermal insulation. The total evaporative resistance of the newly designed female firefighting clothing determined on the standing manikin under the 0.4 m/s air velocity was 18.6% lower than that of the existing firefighting clothing. It was concluded that the moisture transfer ability of the newly designed female firefighting protective clothing has been much improved without compromise of thermal protection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings 2016 - 9th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2016, in conjunction with the 6th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2016
PublisherBinary Information Press
Pages222-229
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2016, in conjunction with the 6th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2016 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Conference

Conference9th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2016, in conjunction with the 6th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2016
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period12/07/1615/07/16

Keywords

  • Evaporative resistance
  • Female firefighters
  • Firefighting protective clothing
  • Thermal insulation
  • Thermal manikin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering

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