Effect of aerogel incorporation in PCM-containing thermal liner of firefighting garment

Shaid, A, Wang, L, Fergusson, S and Padhye, R 2018, 'Effect of aerogel incorporation in PCM-containing thermal liner of firefighting garment', Clothing & Textiles Research Journal, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 151-164.


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Title Effect of aerogel incorporation in PCM-containing thermal liner of firefighting garment
Author(s) Shaid, A
Wang, L
Fergusson, S
Padhye, R
Year 2018
Journal name Clothing & Textiles Research Journal
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 151
End page 164
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage
Abstract Phase change material (PCM) in firefighting garment enhances protection and comfort. Wearing a protective clothing containing PCM, while fighting the fire, is a direct risk to the wearer as most PCMs used are flammable. This article reports a solution by using aerogel. Thermal liner fabric was treated with PCM and/or aerogel and then their thermal properties were analyzed. It has been found that the mean ignition time of PCM-containing thermal liner is around 3.3 s in current case while this value significantly increased to 5.5 s when the combination of aerogel and PCM was used. Moreover, the weight of the liner fabric with aerogel decreased in comparison to PCM-containing liner. Aerogel also slowed down the spreading of flame in PCM-containing fabric. Aerogel-coated liner showed superior heat resistance and the combination of aerogel with PCM increased the thermal resistance of PCM-containing liner.
Subject Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
Textile Technology
Keyword(s) comfort
aerogel
phase change material
firefighting garment
thermal protection
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0887302X18755464
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ISSN 0887-302X
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