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Characteristics of Specialised Firefighter Clothing Used in Poland – the Thermal Parameters

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  • Młynarczyk Magdalena
    Laboratory of Thermal Load, Department of Ergonomics, Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Nr DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.5860

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Abstract:

This paper describes the characteristic thermal parameters of firefighters’ personal protective clothing (FFPPC) used in Poland. The total thermal insulation and evaporative resistance of three different types of FFPPC were measured and used on a thermal manikin. Next, the results were compared. Based on the analyses and calculations of the test results, it was shown that FFPPC provides a barrier to the heat exchange between the user and the surrounding environment. Differences in the local thermal insulation can be triggered not only by the material used but they can also be attributable to clothes fitted on the manikin. The biggest differences can be noted on the segments forming part of the manikin’s trunk. No difference was found in the evaporative resistance between the clothes tested. In order to examine further the impact of the materials used on thermal parameters of protective clothing, it is necessary to carry out an analysis of the impact of individual layers.

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firefighter, special clothes, thermal manikin, thermal parameters.

Citation:

Młynarczyk M. Characteristics of Specialised Firefighter Clothing Used in Poland – the Thermal Parameters. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe  2020; 28, 1(139): 65-70. DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.5860

Published in issue no 1 (139) / 2020, pages 65–70.

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