Cooling dynamics of wet clothing

Uwe Reischl, Kylie Pace, Conrad Colby, Ravindra Goonitelleke

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    Protective clothing is frequently used to provide safety and comfort for persons exposed to various temperature environments. Water absorbed by clothing can significantly influence the heat transfer characteristics of the clothing material. Understanding the dynamics of evaporative fabric cooling is important in the development of new garments. To investigate the cooling dynamics associated with wet clothing, a series of experiments was conducted to document the cooling created by single and multi-layered fabric samples exposed to controlled temperature, humidity and airflow conditions. The results revealed that the onset and the magnitude of evaporative cooling are determined by the amount of water absorbed in a fabric. The number of fabric layers used in turn, determines the amount of water retained within a material. This information can now provide the basis for determining the number of fabric layers to be used in new garment design and development.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors
    EditorsRavindra Goonetilleke, Waldemar Karwowski
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9783319416939
    StatePublished - 2016
    EventInternational Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, AHFE 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
    Duration: 27 Jul 201631 Jul 2016

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, AHFE 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWalt Disney World


    • Comfort and safety
    • Evaporative cooling
    • Fabric layers
    • Wet clothing


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