SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2000

Thermal Protective Performance and Comfort of Wildland Firefighter Clothing: The Transport Properties of Multilayer Fabric Systems


A comprehensive experimental work was conducted on a series of fabric samples to examine their thermal insulation, transport, and mechanical properties, including radiant heat protection, thermal resistance, air permeability, moisture evaporation, and fabric durability. Then the properties of multilayer systems made of these fabrics are measured, and comparisons are made between the single-layer and multiple-layer systems. Also, two simple models are proposed to predict the properties of the multiple-layer systems based on the properties of the individual fabric layer. The applicability of the two models to different sets of data is also discussed.

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Yoo, HS
University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A.
Sun, G
University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A.
Pan, N
University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A.
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Developed by Committee: F23
Pages: 504–518
DOI: 10.1520/STP14466S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5434-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2869-9