Protective Clothing: Managing Thermal Stress

Faming Wang, Chuansi Gao

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Protective clothing protects wearers from hostile environments, including extremes of heat and cold. Whilst some types of protective clothing may be designed primarily for non-thermal hazards (e.g. biological hazards), a key challenge in all protective clothing remains wearer comfort and the management of thermal stress (i.e. excessive heat or cold). This book reviews key types of protective clothing, technologies for heating and cooling and, finally, modeling aspects of thermal stress and strain. Explores different types of protective clothing, their uses and their requirements, with an emphasis on full-scale or prototype clothing, including immersion suits, body armour and space suits. Considers novel and commercial technologies for regulating temperature in protective clothing, including phase change materials, shape memory alloys, electrically heated clothing and air and water perfusion-based cooling systems. Reviews the human thermoregulatory system and the methods of modelling of thermal stress in protective clothing through various conditions, including cold water survival and firefighting.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages472
ISBN (Electronic)9781782420408
ISBN (Print)9781782420323
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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