The usage of phase change materials in fire fighter protective clothing: its effect on thermal protection

Mengmeng Zhao
2017 IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering  
The thermal protective performance of the fire fighter protective clothing is of vital importance for fire fighters. In the study fabrics treated by phase change materials (PCMs) were applied in the multi-layered fabrics of the fire fighter protective clothing ensemble. The PCM fabrics were placed at the different layers of the clothing and their thermal protective performance were measured by a TPP tester. Results show that with the application of the PCM fabrics the thermal protection of the
more » ... ulti-layered fabrics was greatly increased. The time to reach a second degree burn was largely reduced. The location of the PCM fabrics at the different layers did not affect much on the thermal protective performance. The higher amount of the PCM adds on, the higher thermal protection was brought. The fabrics with PCMs of a higher melting temperature could contribute to higher thermal protection.
doi:10.1088/1757-899x/274/1/012136 fatcat:hhmfl73rkzbxfensshj4mbwvzm