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Thermal conductivity of the wetsuit

  1. Feb 10, 2009 #1

    I would appreciate any help i could get on this, thanks.

    I've to estimate the heat loss from a person, immersed in water at 10ºC if he is wearing a 3mm wetsuit

    did anyone know how to process?

    thanks a lot

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  3. Feb 10, 2009 #2


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    look up the thermal conductivity (k) of the suit material (W/mk)
    Then power = k * area * temperture difference /thickness

    You normally estimate the area of a body as 2m^2
  4. Feb 10, 2009 #3

    but where can i find the wetsuit conductivity (clothing for watersport)?
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  5. Feb 11, 2009 #4


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    Diving suits are usually made of Neoprane, according to the site below the thermal conductivity is: 0.15-0.45 W/m*k.
    http://hypertextbook.com/physics/thermal/conduction/ [Broken]
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