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Experimentation is the heartbeat of scientific research. It’s the art of asking questions, testing assumptions, and finding answers (along with new questions too!).
But asking the right questions is just part of the journey. Innovative research calls for innovative tools that allow researchers explore new ways to test their assumptions and uncover potential solutions. That’s where our team at Thermetrics comes alive. Our business began with a challenge to create custom thermal testing equipment, and we continue to embrace new challenges today.
1988: Thermal hand manikin
The United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) needed a thermal hand manikin system for the testing of gloves and protective handwear for soldiers—and this original system is still in use today!
A US motorcycle manufacturer needed to measure the transmission of radiant and convective engine heat in order to assess rider comfort at various leg positions and motorcycle speeds. Thermetrics developed a wireless, legs-only manikin system with special hip joints that allowed the manikin to “ride” a variety of motorcycles.
2005: NEMO submersible thermal manikin
The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) needed a fully submersible thermal testing system that would allow them to measure the thermal performance of marine survival gear. We answered the call with NEMO, a waterproof, true-weight, 21-zone sweating manikin.
2013: IPEMS robotic thermal manikin
IPEMS was a first-of-its-kind robotic thermal manikin system designed for the US Army to measure the performance of protective clothing under live chemical exposure conditions. Thermetrics engineers designed and integrated the manikin’s sweating thermal skin segments.
2017: Baby Ruth
Australia’s RMIT University identified an industry need to evaluate the thermal properties of baby clothing, diapers, and car seats. Thermetrics responded to the challenge by designing a 9-month-old infant thermal manikin affectionately known as Baby Ruth.
Thermetrics is your partner for custom thermal testing systems
Every problem has a solution, and Thermetrics is your experienced choice for industry-leading custom thermal research solutions. We develop innovative systems that bring new data collection and thermal analysis capabilities to the textile world. Simply put, our engineers love a challenge, and it would be an honor to create a customized solution for your research needs.
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Advanced thermal manikins are life-saving tools for developers of everything from military-grade protective equipment to children’s sleepwear. Here’s how manikins have provided solutions to testing needs for more than 80 years.
One-dimensional guarded-ring flat plates and three-dimensional heated cylinders were industry standard.
Dr. Harwood Belding develops the first thermal testing apparatus with a human silhouette. During World War II, Belding and fellow scientists study flaws in US Army gear and develop the basis for today’s scientific study of protective clothing.
Thermal manikin research reveals that the highly curved surfaces of the human body created a complex and dynamic microclimate between the clothing and skin surface.
Research focuses on protective clothing’s resistance to the transport of water vapor and its impact on soldier performance. Researchers develop the first “sweating” manikin to measure the “breathability” of protective clothing.
New studies lead to the development of a pumping coefficient (‘p’) that described the effects of wearer-generated air motion on the thermal and water vapor resistances of clothing.
The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine develops an articulated thermal manikin with 19 distinct heating zones. This manikin simulates the bodily movements required for walking and running.
1990s – PRESENT
Thermal manikins evolve within the U.S. military as a direct result of the need to provide better equipment in an increasing variety of environmental zones of operation.
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