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This paper describes the design development and evaluation of a thermally comfortable pressure suit and associated equipment, using the vortex cooling effect for use during access penetrations into the United Kingdom-designed, advanced gas-cooled nuclear reactor system (AGR). Also discussed is the method of assessment of clothing materials. The system design of a heat balance equation using the Ranque Hilsch cooling effect produced by a vortex cooling tube, used in conjunction with a ventile clothing assembly, and the operation of a system to achieve adequate protection for persons working for extended periods in abnormal environments are demonstrated.
protective clothing, dynamically insulated suit, vortex cooling tube
Senior engineer, Central Electricity Generating Board, London,