Developments in the Research and Testing of Clothing Worn in Polar Environments between 1960 and 2008
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Clothing worn in polar regions has been subjected to investigation and development for the purpose of improving comfort, practicality and efficiency for those wearing it. Extreme cold weather and harsh climatic conditions provide life threatening scenarios for those living and working on the ice. Monitoring and testing of clothing has advanced our understanding of the mechanics of heat production and loss, thermal insulation, vapour transmission and external environmental variables. Research and testing of fibre and fabric have led to the development of man-made fibres, design improvement and practicality in the field. Testing procedures have changed over the years where equipment, technology and procedures have improved the quality of research results from subjective to objective standards. As polar environments become more attractive and accessible places to work or play in, effective extreme weather clothing remains a life-saving necessity.
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