Our expertise is especially suited to creating testing plans around the end-user's needs. We conduct research, invent measurement methods and devices and correlate/verify the data.
We transfer this knowledge by writing standards and leading committees, as well as with the Hohenstein Academy.
- Skin model ISO 11092
Physiological effects — Measurement of thermal and water-vapour resistance under steady-state conditions (sweating guarded-hotplate test)
- Thermal manikin ISO 15831
Physiological effects — Measurement of thermal insulation by means of a thermal manikin
- Liquid sweat on hotplate CEN/TR 16422
Classification of thermoregulatory properties
- Evaporative cooling DIN SPEC 60015
Quantitative measurement of the evaporative heat loss of smart textile materials for work, sports/outdoor and leisure
Press Release: Hohenstein's WATson testing device adopted as the standard
- How effectively textiles or systems (ie. bedding, apparel or seating systems) retain heat or cool down
- How effectively materials are able to transport sweat away from the skin and quickly release it into the environment
Through extensive research, we've developed or modified specialized equipment to reliably determine the physical parameters of heat and moisture management. To test for specific user scenarios, we use climate chambers to simulate use and climate conditions that are adjusted to the application.
To what extent is comfort influenced by garment construction, fit and heat and moisture management?
Using our thermal manikins and climate chambers, we determine the heat and moisture management parameters of entire clothing and textile systems - in the expected ambient conditions - during the potential user's movements.
For example, in personal protective equipment (PPE), comfort plays a key role in safety and user acceptance. PPE must be tailored to the needs of the wearer - while working in emergency environments - and offer optimum comfort during all motion sequences.
- Ongoing research and customized testing for the interaction between bodies, climate and textile materials and products (fabrics, clothing, workwear, PPE, bedding, sleeping bags, car seats, etc.)
- Quantitative measurement and quality control of individual parameters (heat and moisture management, cooling, skin comfort) for textile materials
- Determination of range of utility of clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) based on clothing, climate and specific activity
- Assessment of heat and moisture management and skin comfort of textile products
- Assessment of ergonomic comfort of clothing and the consequences of pattern construction and design on wear comfort
- Assessment and advice for comfort-optimized textile materials and products
- Wear trials with human subjects in simulated ambient conditions and sensors for subjective and objective measurements