Advances in Textile Development for Optimum Design and Functionality

Cold weather poses a threat to human health and can cause adverse affects such as reduced physiological functions, work performance and wellbeing. Constantly evolving development is required to ensure that textile advances are in line with technological progress to achieve optimum design and functionality.

Textiles for cold weather apparel is a comprehensive new reference that examines this important subject reviewing materials, principles and requirements of cold weather apparel. Topics covered include comfort and thermoregulatory requirements and thermal insulating properties of textiles and clothing. Design and ergonomic aspects are reviewed in the context of ventilation and insulation with a specific chapter exploring the interesting area of biomimetics.

The scope of the book is further extended with the inclusion of a section reviewing methods of evaluating cold weather clothing comparing the use of manikins and human wear trials. Standards and legislation governing cold weather clothing are outlined with particular focus on laboratory assessments. The book concludes with an investigation into different applications of cold weather apparel that include military clothing and footwear for cold weather conditions and features additional coverage of utilization in the design of both gloves and socks.

With an array of international contributors, Textiles for cold weather apparel is a valuable reference for producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve and understand developments in cold weather apparel.

Source: Woodhead Publishing

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