HAVENITH, G., 2009. Laboratory assessment of cold weather clothing. IN: Williams, J. (ed.). Textiles for cold weather apparel. Woodhead Publishing in Textiles, no. 93. Abington, Cambridge : Woodhead Publishing, p.217-243.
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An overview of laboratory tests for cold weather clothing is provided starting from physical
measurements on fabrics, and physical measurements on whole garments using thermal
manikins. This is extended to human wear trials and climatic chamber experimentation.
Insulation and vapour resistance are considered the most relevant parameters followed by
wind and water proofness and moisture absorption properties. The use of test participants in
wear trials is considered regarding the information provided by such tests. Tests for
innovative fabrics (heated, variable insulation, phase change materials) are discussed.
Finally testing of sleeping bags is considered.
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