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Recent developments in reflective cold protective clothing

Matthew Patrick Morrissey (Laboratory for Protection and Physiology, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), St Gallen, Switzerland.)
René Michel Rossi (Laboratory for Protection and Physiology, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), St Gallen, Switzerland.)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present some new results about reflective cold protective clothing (i.e. those featuring metal coatings), and compare and contrast the data with other recent research work.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a thermal manikin and a guarded hot plate to determine the thermal resistance of different textile assemblies and garment featuring plasma-deposited metal-coated insulation and interlayers.

Findings

Depending on the exact approach, the authors show that metal coatings can increase the thermal resistance of textile assemblies by ∼30-75 per cent.

Practical implications

New data on reflective cold weather clothing show that metal coatings could be an important addition to cold weather clothing, especially those featuring high air permeability/optical porosity insulation. Plasma-deposited metal coatings cause the lowest increase in weight.

Originality/value

This paper provides new data about the efficacy, in terms of thermal resistance, of metal coatings for cold weather clothing.

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Citation

Morrissey, M.P. and Rossi, R.M. (2015), "Recent developments in reflective cold protective clothing", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 17-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-02-2014-0027

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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