Uwe Reischel, a professor of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, recently presented a research paper as the keynote speaker at the ninth International Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium in Melbourne, Australia.
The event was hosted by RMIT University from July 12-15.
The paper Reischel presented at the event is titled “Evaporate Cooling of Wet Clothing” and was co-authored by Kylie Pace, Conrad Colby and Ravindra Goonetilleke. Pace is a graduate student in the master of science program, Colby is a professor emeritus of health science and Goonetilleke is a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science of Technology.
The subject of the paper was the study of wind-tunnel tests that were performed on selected textile fabrics. The fabrics, which contained different levels of moisture, were exposed to controlled air flow, temperature and humidity. The research showed the short and long-term cooling of cotton, polyester, nylon and silk.
The results of the study give the basis for that will effect design and development of new garments in order to give them the best possible evaporative cooling of sweat in environments of a hot nature and during heavy physical effort.