SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

Comparison of Prototype Artificially-Cooled Chemical Protective Glove Systems


The purpose of this research program was to design and evaluate prototype artificially-cooled gloves that enhance thermal comfort as assessed by skin temperature, sweat rate, manual dexterity and perceived comfort. Three multiple-layered glove systems were sequentially designed and tested under simulated environmental conditions in a controlled laboratory chamber. Artificial-cooling and a liner were successful in reducing skin temperature and perceived moisture-related discomfort. Manual dexterity was hampered by one liner design.

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Branson, DH
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Simpson, LS
, Stillwater, OK
Claypool, PL
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Chari, V
Target Stores, Denton, TX
Ruiz, BM
Tropical Sportswear International, Tampa, FL
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Developed by Committee: F23
Pages: 314–325
DOI: 10.1520/STP19913S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5350-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2402-8