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Estimating thermal resistance of the bedding assembly from thickness of materials

C.A. Wilson (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
B.E. Niven (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
R.M. Laing (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 1 December 1999

Abstract

The purposes of this work were to determine: whether thickness of single layers can be used to accurately predict thickness and thermal resistance of multiple layer assemblies; and to identify variables affecting the total thickness (i.e. textile plus air layers) of bedding during simulated use. Thickness was determined when: materials were flat; and arranged over an infant manikin simulating use. Thermal resistance was measured using a guarded‐hotplate similar to that specified in ISO 11092:1993(E). During simulated use, the site of measurement, body position, tucking, and product type significantly affected thickness of bedding. Equations for predicting thickness and thermal resistance (dry) of multiple‐layer materials are described. While it was possible to predict thickness and thermal resistance of flat bedding from estimated values, extrapolation to bedding during simulated use was considered inappropriate, with significant differences of over 1,000 per cent.

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Wilson, C.A., Niven, B.E. and Laing, R.M. (1999), "Estimating thermal resistance of the bedding assembly from thickness of materials", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 262-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/09556229910297536

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