Prediction of clothing thermal insulation and moisture vapour resistance of the clothed body walking in wind

X. Qian, Jintu Fan

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Clothing thermal insulation and moisture vapour resistance are the two most important parameters in thermal environmental engineering, functional clothing design and end use of clothing ensembles. In this study, clothing thermal insulation and moisture vapour resistance of various types of clothing ensembles were measured using the walking-able sweating manikin, Walter, under various environmental conditions and walking speeds. Based on an extensive experimental investigation and an improved understanding of the effects of body activities and environmental conditions, a simple but effective direct regression model has been established, for predicting the clothing thermal insulation and moisture vapour resistance under wind and walking motion, from those when the manikin was standing in still air. The model has been validated by using experimental data reported in the previous literature. It has shown that the new models have advantages and provide very accurate prediction. © The Author 2006. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Occupational Hygiene Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-842
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Occupational Hygiene
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • Clothing physical characteristics
  • Moisture vapour resistance
  • Prediction model
  • Thermal insulation
  • Walking-able sweating manikin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Professions(all)

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