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Institute for Environmental Research

Institute for Environmental Research

Kansas State University
64 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: 785-532-5620
Fax: 785-532-6642

Cooling Effectiveness of Personal Cooling Systems


Average cooling rate and duration of cooling provided by personal cooling systems (PCS) worn with protective clothing


ASTM F 2371 "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Heat Removal Rate of Personal Cooling Systems Using a Sweating Heated Manikin"


Sweating thermal manikin in an environmental chamber

Specimen number and size: 

1 personal cooling system; garments for the base ensemble


$1,500 per system (baseline sweating test with the PCS off followed by a 2 hour test with the PCS on – 2 reps, a third rep if necessary)