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A lining for the Thermal Comfort of Trekking Boots – Experimental and Numerical Studies

M. Neves (Textile Engineering Department, University of Minho, Guimarães. Portugal, )
P. Arezes (Production Systems Department, University of Minho, Guimarães. Portugal , )
C.P. Leão (Production Systems Department, University of Minho, Guimarães. Portugal , )
S. Teixeira (Production Systems Department, University of Minho, Guimarães. Portugal , )

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 1 August 2011

Abstract

As far as methodology is concerned, this study involves two different stages. The first stage includes an objective evaluation of the thermal comfort of the boots. This stage involves several tasks, including the conception and development of the fabrics to be used in the inner layer of the boots and the development of a thermo-physiological model of the human foot, in order to simulate the temperature and moisture behavior in the developed fabrics. The second stage consists of a subjective evaluation of thermal comfort using prototypes of the developed boots. A subjective evaluation assessment was done through a questionnaire, in which the study subjects are able to indicate where they experience thermal discomfort in the foot, as well as a laboratory physical task used to simulate the “real” use of the boots.

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Neves, M., Arezes, P., Leão, C.P. and Teixeira, S. (2011), "A lining for the Thermal Comfort of Trekking Boots – Experimental and Numerical Studies", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 50-61. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-15-03-2011-B006

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