Thermal storage and insulation properties of a diver dry suit

John Anthony Gear, Ming Fang Ding, Yan Ding


Thermal storage and insulation properties of a diver dry suit incorporating phase change material are investigated. A complete model for the fabric, air-gap, skin system is developed. The numerical results show that the diver dry suit consisting of phase change material and conventional insulating materials provides significantly enhanced thermal protection under cold environmental conditions. A sensitivity analysis investigates how changes in the values of the thickness of air space affect the temperature distribution in the system.

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Heat Transfer, Finite Difference, bio-heat equation

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