Firefighters' protective jackets: Fit to female form and its effects on attributes relevant to thermal comfort

Nawaz, N and Troynikov, O 2018, 'Firefighters' protective jackets: Fit to female form and its effects on attributes relevant to thermal comfort', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, vol. 15, no. 11, pp. 792-802.


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Title Firefighters' protective jackets: Fit to female form and its effects on attributes relevant to thermal comfort
Author(s) Nawaz, N
Troynikov, O
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Volume number 15
Issue number 11
Start page 792
End page 802
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Often male and female workers wear protective garments of identical construction and style, with females typically wearing small-sized men's garments. Consequently, the air spaces under garments worn by male and female wearers can substantially differ in size and distribution affecting the physiological comfort of firefighters' protective clothing. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of varying dimensions and distributions of air spaces in the next-to-skin microclimate under firefighter's protective jackets on attributes relevant to the thermal comfort of wearer, not only in relation to garment construction and fit, but also to human body geometry using 3D body scanning. Analysis of 20 scans demonstrated that jackets of the same size and construction create larger air spaces under them worn on a female as opposed to on a male body form. Both thermal and vapour resistance of clothing were affected significantly by the volume of trapped air.
Subject Functional Materials
Engineering Design Empirical Studies
Design Innovation
Keyword(s) 3D body scanning
air spaces
firefighters' protective clothing
physiological comfort
thermal manikin
DOI - identifier 10.1080/15459624.2018.1506587
Copyright notice © 2018 JOEH, LLC
ISSN 1545-9624
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