Heat strain imposed by personal protective ensembles: quantitative analysis using a thermoregulation model.

@article{Xu2016HeatSI,
  title={Heat strain imposed by personal protective ensembles: quantitative analysis using a thermoregulation model.},
  author={Xiaojiang Xu and Julio A. Gonzalez and William Santee and Laurie A. Blanchard and Reed W. Hoyt},
  journal={International journal of biometeorology},
  year={2016},
  volume={60 7},
  pages={1065-74}
}
The objective of this paper is to study the effects of personal protective equipment (PPE) and specific PPE layers, defined as thermal/evaporative resistances and the mass, on heat strain during physical activity. A stepwise thermal manikin testing and modeling approach was used to analyze a PPE ensemble with four layers: uniform, ballistic protection, chemical protective clothing, and mask and gloves. The PPE was tested on a thermal manikin, starting with the uniform, then adding an additional… CONTINUE READING
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