TESTS ON FABRICS AND GARMENTS TO ASSESS THERMAL COMFORT
We measure the variables of fabrics and garments that affect user comfort and well-being.
The laboratories are equipped with analytical equipment to analyse fabrics and garments deigned to protect against weather, personal protective equipment, work clothes, outdoor and sports clothing, mats and sleeping bags, fashion and lifestyle garments and children’s clothing, bed linen and other uses.
COMFORT LABORATORY CAPABILITIES
A pioneering laboratory equipped with the latest thermal comfort measuring technology
An internationally leading laboratory equipped with different mannequins that simulate temperature and breathability
We issue our own Comfort Certificate based on standardised tests
The customisation of specific protocols adapted to each client’s needs
COMFORT LABORATORY TESTS
FABRIC COMFORT TEST
> Measurement of breathability and moisture transmission:
> Resistance to water vapour (Ret)
> Water vapour permeability and transmission (WVTR)
> Moisture transmission
> Measurement of thermal resistance: (Rct) and TOG test
> Vertical capillarity
> Drying time
COMFORT TESTS ON DOWN AND FEATHERS
> Heat insulation capacity (fill power)
> Barrier performance of fabrics (feather and down)
THERMAL INSULATION AND BREATHABILITY TESTING ON GARMENTS, GLOVES, HELMETS, HOODS, HATS AND FOOTWEAR
> Adult male and female thermal manikin
> Child thermal manikin
> Thermal hand
> Thermal foot
> Thermal head
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COMFORT TESTS WITH USERS: THERMO-PHYSIOLOGICAL TESTS AND ERGONOMICS
> Thermo-physiological tests
> Measurement of the physiological response: skin temperature, moisture, breathability, heart rate and core temperature.
> Measurement of subjective comfort: thermal sensation, thermal comfort
> Garment ergonomics:
> Ease of use
> Putting the garment on, body fit and positioning
WATERPROOF TESTING OF FABRICS, GARMENTS AND FOOTWEAR
> Rainwater resistance
> Rain resistance of waterproof garments: rain tower
COMFORT TESTS ON SLEEPING BAGS AND SLEEPING MATS
> Thermal insulation of sleeping bags: Temperature range in use
> Thermal resistance of sleeping mats (R-value)
OTHER COMFORT TESTS
> Comfort tests in extreme environmental conditions: wind tunnel
Special equipment for measuring comfort under extreme environmental conditions of temperature, humidity and high wind within the following operational ranges:
> Temperature range: from -30ºC to +65ºC.
> Humidity: up to 95%.
> Air speed: up to 10 m/s.
> Thermographic analysis
> Human Thermal Model: Simulation of the human thermoregulatory system in the mannequin body (objective and subjective measurement of comfort in garments)
We carry out tests, characterisation and quality control of products according to compliance with technical requirements and international standards
OTHER AREAS OF AITEX
AITEX provides different types of services for companies that develop products for the markets in the different textile application areas. Our services fall within the following areas.