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Review: Radiation Heat Transfer through Fire Fighter Protective Clothing

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Nr DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0010.2665

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Abstract:

A fire fighter garment is multilayer protective clothing with an outer shell, moisture barrier and thermal barrier, respectively. Fire fighters encounter different levels of radiant heat flux while performing their duties. This review study acknowledges the importance and performance of fire fighter protective clothing when subjected to a low level of radiation heat flux as well as the influence of air gaps and their respective position on the thermal insulation behaviour of multilayer protective clothing. Thermal insulation plays a vital role in the thermal comfort and protective performance of fire fighter protective clothing (FFPC). The main emphasis of this study was to analyse the performance of FFPC under different levels of radiant heat flux and how the exposure time of fire fighters can be enhanced before acquiring burn injuries. The preliminary portion of this study deals with the modes of heat transportation within textile fabrics, the mechanism of thermal equilibrium of the human body and the thermal protective performance of firefighter protective clothing. The middle portion is concerned with thermal insulation and prediction of the physiological load of FFPC. The last section deals with numerical models of heat transmission through firefighter protective clothing assemblies and possible utility of aerogels and phase change materials (PCMs) for enhancing the thermal protective performance of FFPC.

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thermal insulation, radiation heat flux, air gaps, multilayer protective clothing.

Citation:

Naeem J, Mazari AA, Havelka A. Review: Radiation Heat Transfer through Fire Fighter Protective Clothing. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2017; 25, 4(124): 65-74 DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0010.2665

Published in issue no 4 (124) / 2017, pages 65–74.

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