Estimates of Thermal Properties for Firefighters Protective Clothing Materials

Report Date: June 2005

NIST carried out a series of measurements to quantify the thermal properties of materials used to make fire fighters’ thermal protective clothing, or personal protective equipment. The following thermal properties were chosen for heat transfer model computations to predict thermal performance: thermal conductivity, specific heat, absorptivity, reflectivity, transmisivity, and density.


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Lawson, J. Randall, William Walton, Nelson Bryner, and Francine Amon. Estimates of Thermal Properties for Fire Fighters’ Protective Clothing Materials. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute for Standards and Technology, 2005. NISTIR 7282, Print.

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