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Magnum Bonum Report Summary

Project reference: 622043
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Periodic Report Summary 1 - MAGNUM BONUM (Modelling of human body and protective textiles for estimation of skin sensorial comfort and life risk of fire-fighters working in extreme external conditions)

This project concerns mechanical and thermal Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of fire-fighter torso’s skin model covered with a composite of three main layers of Protective Textiles (PTs) working under simulated extreme external conditions. The physiological tests on firefighters supports the theoretical approach proposed in the project. The project results are supposed to answer the questions of comfort in PTs and discomfort conditions. Since this objective is very complex, encompassing the investigation of several phenomena occurring simultaneously in relation to the torsos of fire-fighters in action, it has never been investigated in a single approach.
The project has four main research objectives, which are:
(1) The creation of a new tool allowing simulation and mechanical and thermal modelling of the composite of PTs (the three main shells of PTs and a single layer of underwear) that covers a fire-fighter’s torso and is used in simulated extreme external conditions. The following phenomena were supposed to be taken into consideration: heat transfer from the outside of the system, heat and liquid exchange between skin, layers of textiles and environment; textile burn, heat stress, skin compliance, stretch, and skin burns conditions (the phenomena will be combined together rationally, on the base of real cases).
(2) Additionally, lab testing of the uniforms was foreseen, partly as a verification of model outcome and partly as a potential field for developing smart testing methodologies of PTs.
(3) Elaboration of classification PTs with respect to their influence on human organisms (creation of a hierarchical system of uniforms versus degree of comfort).
(4) The results brought by the newly created tool will be compared with the results of comfort related lab tests, e.g. Sweating Manikin System’s test results, Qmax by Kawabata. It will ascertain the measurement of the low value forces of interaction that occurs between clothing and the skin surface in dynamic wear, which is currently impossible to measure by means of the Sweating Manikin System.

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Stoffels, Ilona (European Research Advisor)
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Life Sciences
Record Number: 187591 / Last updated on: 2016-08-22