Aircrew Cooling Study
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD LAUREL United States
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The naval aviator cannot wear separate garments for the wide variety of thermal environments in which he must work. The results of a study conducted to ascertain the thermal control requirements of these aircrewmen are presented. The study set out to define the heat and moisture removal requirements during ground and flight operations, to learn the effects of various clothing combinations, and to learn the effects of flight conditions on thermal moisture control. The effects of both metabolic activity and environment on body temperature are considered, and various techniques of air and liquid cooling in a variety of garments are then reviewed in order to determine the most effective ways of keeping body temperatures at reasonable levels. Immediate use of forced-air cooling suits, more precise determination of the limits of tolerable working conditions, and further improvements in the design of liquid-cooled garments are recommended.
- Protective Equipment