Baseline Thermal Resistance Measurement of Soldier Clothing and Personal Equipment


  1. Durnford, W.
  2. Potter, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);CORD Group Ltd, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
There is a large program within the Canadian Forces, the Clothe the Soldier acquisition program, that aims to equip soldiers with improved protective clothing and equipment that will enhance both their protection and capability in a wide range of environmental and operational sceanrios. Many items of in-service clothing and equipment will be replaced with items that reflect the state-of-the art in commercially available technology. Since many replacement items aim to improve environmental protection of the soldier, it is necessary to determine the thermal protection characteristics of both the in-service items intended to be replaced as well as a range of representative options that reflect what is available, off-the-shelf, using current technology. The CORD Group Limited was contracted by the Defence and Civil Insttitute of Environmental Medicine to determine the thermal resistance of clothing, footwear, and hand wear. The thermal resistance of these items was determined utilizing a thermal instrumented manikin test system. This report describes the thermal manikin test system, the protocols and the results for each item tested. A total of 5 tests were conducted, with each test measuring the thermal resistance of a number of items. All of the items were tested in a dry condition only. The report summarizes the thermal performance for each item tested and the raw data for eact test is contained in ANNEX "A".
Thermal instrumented manikins;Thermal manikin;Thermal physiology;Thermal protection;Clothe The Soldier;Cold Wet Weather Glove (CWWG);Sock system;Fragmentation vest;Tactical assault vest
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-1999-031 — Contract Report (Final)
Date of publication
27 Jan 1999
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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