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Institute for Environmental Research

Kansas State University
64 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

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

Thermal Insulation Values and Temperature Ratings for Bedding Systems 

Property: Resistance to dry heat transfer (insulation value) provided by bedding systems 

Method: ASTM F 1720 "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Thermal Insulation of Sleeping Bags Using a Heated Manikin" Option #2 modified 

Instrument: Thermal manikin on a mattress in environmental chamber 

Specimen number and size: 1 set of bedding (comforters, blankets, etc.) 

Cost for insulation tests:  $600 for 3 replications in a row 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