Evaluation of Heat Loss from Navy Divers' Wet Suit
NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MA
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In a series of over 200 tests, subjects wore standard, 316 inch, closed-cell neoprene-foam, air-sea rescue suits in water of 55, 45, and 35 deg. F. The tests were designed to identify areas of the body where major heat losses occur. Other physiological parameters were monitored to assure the physical safety of test subjects while body temperature and metabolic rates were measured. Recommendations are made as to areas in which insulative values could be increased without hampering free movement of the wearer, and design modifications are suggested to limit free movement of water into and out of the suit.
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