Investigation on the performance of four cooling systems under heatwave conditions through a thermal manikin

Cheng Jiao Zhang, Peng Zheng, Wen Fang Song, Faming Wang

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Abstract

The objective of current study was to investigate the effectiveness of four personal cooling systems (i.e., electric fan [FAN], evaporative cooling vest [ECG], liquid cooling vest [LCG] and using evaporative cooling vest together with electric fan [ECV&FAN] in mitigating heat strain under heatwave conditions by a thermal manikin. The thermoregulatory model control mode was selected, and a metabolic rate of 1.2 METs was used to simulate a person resting quietly. Two testing environments, i.e., 36°C and 33% RH (hot-dry), 36°C and 67% RH (hot-humid), were used. It was found that LCG and ECG&FAN could provide better cooling than the ECG and FAN in the two studied testing environments. The ECG was more effective in mitigating body heat strain compared with the FAN in the hot-dry environment, whereas the FAN was superior to the ECG in removing body heat in the hot-humid environment. Thus it was recommended that both FCG and ECG&FAN could be used to alleviate body heat strain during heateaves.
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
Pages772-777
Number of pages6
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
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period12/07/1615/07/16

Keywords

  • Electric fan
  • Evaporative cooling garment
  • Heat strain
  • Heatwave
  • Liquid cooling garment
  • Personal cooling system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioengineering

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