A Brief History of Warming Clothing
In primitive times, people protected themselves by fur and leather against the cold. In modern times, the combination of natural (e.g. downs, wool), synthetic (e.g. hollow fibres) and weatherproof materials (e.g. membranes) let to an increase in cold protection and a decrease in weight. The ongoing development will lead to even smarter textiles and crossing borders. Using objective values, characterizing heat and moisture management, the presentation will show the development starting with “Ötzi’s clothing” and ending up with examples from recent research projects.
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About the orator
As a sports engineer Martin Harnisch has good knowledge in sport and technology. Writing his thesis about shoe climate in running shoes, he got in touch with Clothing Physiology. For more than ten years by now, he is managing research projects with a focus on sports textiles and thermophysiology at Hohenstein Institute.
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