Daniel Onuț BADEA, Alina TRIFU, Roxana Oana CHIVU


: Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for firefighters to ensure their safety and health because they encounter complex conditions while performing their duties. The most serious of these conditions is thermal exposure, which may result from radiation, convection, hot liquid, steam. Inefficient protection in a fire scenario can cause injury and fatality. The best approach for firefighters to mitigate burn injuries and reduce the risk of death, is to apply high-performance PPE. This paper presents the results of a laboratory simulation performed to study the thermal responses of firefighter’s clothing. There are three types of heat transfer: conductive heat, convected heat and radiation heat. The study was conducted using various combinations of essential requirements (flame propagation, convective heat transfer index, radiation heat transfer index, resistance to residual tensile material exposed to radiant heat, tensile strength, tear resistance) and is a review of the influence of various factors on the performance of thermal protective clothing, to predict the thermal protective performance of 3 pieces of firefighter’s clothing. By employing these key essential requirements against thermal resistance, the multiple linear regression model was developed for predicting the thermal protective performance of those pieces of firefighters clothing.

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