Volume 10, Issue 1
Influence of Wet Cooling Vest on Firefihters' Protective Clothing

Shadi Houshyar, Daniela Zavec Pavlinic, Rajiv Padhye & Rajkishore Nayak

Journal of Fiber Bioengineering & Informatics, 10 (2017), pp. 41-49.

Published online: 2017-02

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Firefighters' Protective Clothing (FPC) is essential for protection against thermal and physical threats. FPC must be comfortable, enable heat transfer from the wearer to the environment and should not restrict motion of body parts. The application of a cooling vest under protective clothing may prevent overheating by cooling at the microenvironment level while working in a hot environment during firefighting. In this study, the effect of using a passive system, in the form of a nonwoven fleece material, was investigated. This system was distributed across the surface of a vest on the upper front chest and back. In this passive system, hydro-crystals swell on contact with cold water, lowering body temperature or holding the body temperature at a normal level. The thermal insulation of the wet and dry cooling vest was tested using a thermal manikin. Results showed that the thermal resistance of the system dropped significantly due to replacement of dry air with moist air with higher thermal conductivity. This reduction was proportional to the amount of moisture present within the system.

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Cooling Vest Firefighters' Protective Clothing Thermal Manikin Hydro-crystals

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TY - JOUR T1 - Influence of Wet Cooling Vest on Firefihters' Protective Clothing JO - Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics VL - 1 SP - 41 EP - 49 PY - 2017 DA - 2017/02 SN - 10 DO - http://doi.org/10.3993/jfbim00257 UR - https://global-sci.org/intro/article_detail/jfbi/10610.html KW - Cooling Vest KW - Firefighters' Protective Clothing KW - Thermal Manikin KW - Hydro-crystals AB - Firefighters' Protective Clothing (FPC) is essential for protection against thermal and physical threats. FPC must be comfortable, enable heat transfer from the wearer to the environment and should not restrict motion of body parts. The application of a cooling vest under protective clothing may prevent overheating by cooling at the microenvironment level while working in a hot environment during firefighting. In this study, the effect of using a passive system, in the form of a nonwoven fleece material, was investigated. This system was distributed across the surface of a vest on the upper front chest and back. In this passive system, hydro-crystals swell on contact with cold water, lowering body temperature or holding the body temperature at a normal level. The thermal insulation of the wet and dry cooling vest was tested using a thermal manikin. Results showed that the thermal resistance of the system dropped significantly due to replacement of dry air with moist air with higher thermal conductivity. This reduction was proportional to the amount of moisture present within the system.
Shadi Houshyar, Daniela Zavec Pavlinic, Rajiv Padhye & Rajkishore Nayak. (2019). Influence of Wet Cooling Vest on Firefihters' Protective Clothing. Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics. 10 (1). 41-49. doi:10.3993/jfbim00257
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