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A Theoretical Investigation into Phase Change Clothing Benefits for Firefighters under Extreme Conditions

Mercer, Geoffry N.; Sidhu, Harvinder S


We investigate the thermal performance of protective clothing that has an embedded phase change layer. Heat absorption due to phase change within the material is used to limit the thermal penetration of heat into the material and hence to the firefighter. The distribution of temperature within the fabric and skin during the exposure to an extreme firefighting situation is determined. To determine the protective nature of the clothing, we also include a model of the skin as three layers with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009-08-30
Type: Journal article
Source: Chemical Product and Process Modeling
DOI: 10.2202/1934-2659.1349


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