1998-07-13

Body Surface Temperature Tuning as a Comfort Support System in Space and Other Extreme Environments 981723

The potential of controlling human body thermal status through monitoring temperature and heat flux indices of the fingers was evaluated. A cooling/warming suit was used that provided a range of uniform and nonuniform temperature regimes on the body surface. Temperature changes on the skin surface changed body comfort significantly but did not affect core temperature. However, under different imposed thermal conditions, peripheral temperature, particularly the fingers, closely followed the thermal conditions either within or on the surface of the body. The fingers appear to have considerable potential as a key site in developing an automatic thermal feedback system in the EVA suit.

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