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EVALUATION OF THE THERMAL PERFORMANCE OF FIRE FIGHTER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WITH THE ADDITION OF PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

dc.contributor.advisordi Marzo, Marinoen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Lee K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-07T05:30:24Z
dc.date.available2010-10-07T05:30:24Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/10751
dc.description.abstractFire fighters rely on fire fighter protective clothing (FFPC) to provide adequate protection in the various hazardous environments they may encounter during operations. FFPC has seen significant advancement in technology over the past few decades. The addition of phase change material (PCM) to FFPC is a new technology with potential to enhance the thermal protection provided by the FFPC. To explore this technology, data from bench-scale experiments involving FFPC with PCMs are compared with a theoretical finite difference heat transfer model. The results demonstrate an effective method to mathematically model the heat transfer and provide insight into the effectiveness of improving the thermal protection of FFPC. The experiments confirm that the latent heat absorbed during the phase change reduces temperatures that might be experienced at the fire fighter's skin surface, advancing the high temperature performance of FFPC.en_US
dc.titleEVALUATION OF THE THERMAL PERFORMANCE OF FIRE FIGHTER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WITH THE ADDITION OF PHASE CHANGE MATERIALen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentFire Protection Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineering, Mechanicalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineering, Materials Scienceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFinite Differenceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFire Fighter Protective Clothingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHeat Transferen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPhase Change Materialen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRealistic Fire Fighting Conditionsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledThermal Protectionen_US


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