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Analysis of Physical and Thermal Comfort Properties of Chemical Protective Clothing
Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies (2012)
  • ShuQin Wen, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Guowen Song, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Scott Duncan, DRDC Suffield
Abstract
Research regarding chemical protective clothing (CPC) focuses on human comfort, clothing performance, and the heat strain associated with wearing protective materials. These studies are usually limited to one or two
fabric/garment characteristics (e.g., garment weight, barrier permeability), and most of the research has been specific for certain tasks or garments. A systematic approach is needed in order to offer a comprehensive analysis on the performance of CPC and provide a technical basis for predicting comfort. This research measures the physical and thermal comfort related properties of CPC with available bench-scale methods and predicts the
comfort level and heat strain based on the mechanical and physical properties of the material. Five articles of CPC and one fabric sample, with various chemical protective qualities, were evaluated with respect to mechanical and comfort related heat and moisture transfer properties. The results obtained were analyzed, and the physical burden and heat stress a human would experience when wearing these CPC fabrics were investigated. Comparisons and correlations between these properties and their contribution to clothing performance and human comfort are discussed. A full analysis of the physical and moisture related properties of the selected CPC fabrics is provided.
Keywords
  • chemical protective clothing,
  • comfort,
  • physical burden,
  • Kawabata,
  • DMPC
Publication Date
February 27, 2012
Editor
Shepherd Angie
Publisher
ASTM Compass
Series
STP-1544-EB
DOI
10.1520/STP104118
Publisher Statement
This is a book chapter from A. Shepherd, Ed., Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies, STP1544-EB, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, https://doi.org/10.1520/STP1544-EB. 2012, Copyright ASTM International. All rights reserved. No further reproduction authorized. Posted with permission.
Citation Information
ShuQin Wen, Guowen Song and Scott Duncan. "Analysis of Physical and Thermal Comfort Properties of Chemical Protective Clothing" 9West Conshohocken, PAPerformance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies (2012) p. 48 - 73
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/guowen-song/5/