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Institute for Environmental Research

Institute for Environmental Research

Kansas State University
0056 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: 785-532-5620
Fax: 785-532-6642
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Bedding Systems: Thermal Insulation and Temperature Ratings

Downloads:

Methods:

ASTM F 1720 "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Thermal Insulation of Sleeping Bags Using a Heated Manikin" Option #2 modified by placing the manikin on a bed

 

ASTM F 1291 "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Thermal Insulation of Clothing Using a Heated Manikin" modified by placing the manikin on a bed

Instrument:

Thermal manikin on a mattress in environmental chamber

Cost for insulation tests: 

$600 for 3 replications on one system

Temperature Ratings:

Heat transfer models are used with the insulation value to determine the temperature for comfort during sleep; no additional charge for these calculations

Note:  We can also evaluate the thermal and evaporative properties of mattresses. Call the Testing Coordinator to discuss possible test protocols.

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