New Approaches to Thermal Protection Wetsuits Development for Long-distance Swimmers Competing in Open Water

Alexander Bolotin, Vladislav Bakayev

Abstract

The article provides analysis of modern views on the development of thermal protection wetsuits for swimmers competing in open water. Requirements to generation of the predictive model of wetsuits are assessed in order to determine thermal characteristics of materials to be used to manufacture these wetsuits. Requirements to the simulating model are provided according to modern methods of assessment of thermal properties of material and physiology of athletes competing in open water. It is determined that due to many structural designs, features, thermogenesis dynamics and other devices’ indices, the most promising method of experimental assessment of wetsuit materials’ thermal characteristics is a use of thermal manikins. The article provides classification of modern thermal manikins and their parameters for manufacture of wetsuits.

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