With advances in textile technology, and an increasing need for high performance protective clothing, requirements for fabrics and clothing include not only protection and durability, but also comfort. Comfort is a pleasant state of physiological, psychological and physical harmony between a human being and the environment. With capabilities for both objective and subjective measurement techniques, PCERF can inform textile manufacturers whether their efforts on fabric development and garment design have potential for improving comfort.
Testing capabilities include:
ISO 11092 Textiles – Physiological effects – Measurement of thermal and water-vapour resistance under steady-state conditions (sweating guarded-hotplate test)
ASTM F 1868 Standard test method for thermal and evaporative resistance of clothing materials using a sweating hot plate
CAN/CGSB-4.2, No. 49 - M99 Resistance of materials to water vapour diffusion
CAN/CGSB-4.2, No. 36-M89 Air permeability
ASTM F 2300 Standard test method for measuring the performance of personal cooling systems using physiological testing
ASTM F 2668 Standard practice for determining the physiological responses of the wearer to protective clothing ensembles