Evaluation method for thermal protection of firefighters’ clothing in high-temperature and high-humidity condition

Yun Su (College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, China AND Protective Clothing Research Center, Donghua University, Shanghai, China .)
Yunyi Wang (Fashion Institute, Donghua University, Shanghai, China.)
Jun Li (Fashion Institute, Donghua University, Shanghai, China.)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Publication date: 1 August 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide the details of developments to researchers in test apparatus and evaluation methods to rate the thermal protective performance (TPP) of firefighters’ clothing under high-temperature and high-humidity condition.

Design/methodology/approach

This review paper describes the influence laws of moisture on thermal protection and the moisture distribution in actual fire environment. Different evaluation methods used for assessing the effect of moisture on the TPP were investigated, with an emphasis on test devices, evaluation indexes as well as their relationship and limitations.

Findings

The moisture from the ambient, clothing and human perspiration plays an important role in determining the TPP of firefighter protective clothing. It is obvious that research on moisture-driven heat transfer in firefighter’s clothing system are comparatively little, primarily focussing on pre-wetted methods of multi-layer fabric. Further studies should be conducted to develop more standardized moistening systems and improve the current calculation methods for evaluating the performance of protective clothing. New explorations for heat and moisture transfer mechanism in protective clothing should be investigated.

Practical implications

Protective clothing is the efficient way to provide fire-fighting occupational safety. To accurately evaluate the TPP of protective clothing under high-temperature and high-humidity condition will help to optimize the clothing performance and choose the proper clothing for providing firefighters with the best protection under multiple thermal hazards.

Originality/value

This paper is offered as a concise reference for scientific community further research in the area of the TPP evaluation methods under high-temperature and high-humidity condition.

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Citation

Yun Su, Yunyi Wang and Jun Li (2016) "Evaluation method for thermal protection of firefighters’ clothing in high-temperature and high-humidity condition", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 429-448

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-10-2015-0107

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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