The multi-layered fabric system used on firefighter turnout clothing consists of an outer shell, moisture barrier, thermal barrier and comfort lining. Heat and moisture transfer property requirements in firefighter turnout clothing standards are different in the US, EU and China. In this research the water vapour permeability of component fabric samples and the total water vapour permeability of a four-layered fabric assembly were measured according to GA10-2002 (Standard for Fire Fighting Protective Clothing in China). It was found that the moisture transfer property of the fabric assembly could not be exactly reflected only by the water vapour permeability of single-layered fabrics, e.g. the moisture barrier. The heat and moisture transfer property of firefighter turnout clothing should be determined by the whole heat and moisture transfer property of the fabric assembly, for example, the total heat loss (THL), water vapor resistance, etc.  

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Evaluating the Moisture Transfer Property of the Multi-layered Fabric System in Firefighter Turnout Clothing

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Authors:

  • Wang Yun-yi
    Fashion Institute, Donghua University, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • Zong Yijing (j/w)
  • Li Jun (j/w)
  • Li Jun
    Key Lab of Textile Science & Technology, Ministry of Edycation, Dong Hua University, Shanghai, P. R. China
  • Zhao Meng-Meng
    Fashion Institute, Donghua University, Shanghai, P. R. China

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Abstract:

 The multi-layered fabric system used on firefighter turnout clothing consists of an outer shell, moisture barrier, thermal barrier and comfort lining. Heat and moisture transfer property requirements in firefighter turnout clothing standards are different in the US, EU and China. In this research the water vapour permeability of component fabric samples and the total water vapour permeability of a four-layered fabric assembly were measured according to GA10-2002 (Standard for Fire Fighting Protective Clothing in China). It was found that the moisture transfer property of the fabric assembly could not be exactly reflected only by the water vapour permeability of single-layered fabrics, e.g. the moisture barrier. The heat and moisture transfer property of firefighter turnout clothing should be determined by the whole heat and moisture transfer property of the fabric assembly, for example, the total heat loss (THL), water vapor resistance, etc.  

Tags: firefighter turnout clothing, heat transfer property, moisture transfer property, water vapour permeability, multi-layered fabrics.

Citation: Wang Y., Zong Y., Li J., Zhao M.; Evaluating the Moisture Transfer Property of the Multi-layered Fabric System in Firefighter Turnout Clothing. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2011, Vol. 19, No. 6 (89) pp. 101-105.

Published in issue no 6 (89) / 2011, pages 101–105.

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