Accession Number : ADA295788

Title :   A Review: U.S. Navy (NCTRF) Evaluations of Microclimate Cooling Systems.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MA

Personal Author(s) : Teal, Walter B., Jr. ; Pimental, Nancy A.

PDF Url : ADA295788

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The U. S. Navy Clothing & Textile Research Facility has been involved in the development and testing of microclimate cooling systems (MCS) for several decades. MCS have significantly reduced heat strain in hot environments when worn with either general utility or encapsulating garments. Passive cooling systems, available to the Fleet under a commercial item description, have proven most effective for use with general utility clothing for U. S. Navy applications. Because of problems associated with replenishment, the commercial passive systems are of limited use with encapsulating garments. Prototype passive and active systems for use with encapsulating clothing have been developed and have significantly reduced heat strain in laboratory tests; further development is required to enhance the reliability of these systems. (AN)

Descriptors :   *COOLING AND VENTILATING EQUIPMENT, *PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, *HEAT STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), TEST AND EVALUATION, LABORATORY TESTS, NAVAL PERSONNEL, FIELD TESTS, PASSIVE SYSTEMS, PROTOTYPES, RELIABILITY, PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS, SHIPBOARD, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), TEXTILES, NAVAL EQUIPMENT, HOT REGIONS, LIQUID COOLING, PRESSURE SUITS, MICROCLIMATOLOGY, VESTS, HEAT TOLERANCE.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating
      Protective Equipment
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE