Assessment of performance properties of wetsuits

Naebe, Maryam, Robin, Nicholas, Wang, Xungai and Collins, Paul 2013, Assessment of performance properties of wetsuits, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part P, Journal of sports engineering and technology, vol. 227, no. 4, pp. 255-264.

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Title Assessment of performance properties of wetsuits
Author(s) Naebe, Maryam
Robin, Nicholas
Wang, Xungai
Collins, Paul
Journal name Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part P, Journal of sports engineering and technology
Volume number 227
Issue number 4
Start page 255
End page 264
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1754-3371
Keyword(s) physical properties
comfort
surfing
flexibility
durability
hydrophobic
characterisation
wetsuit
Summary Wetsuits are an integral part of surfing especially in the southern regions of Australia. There is currently little information about mechanical, comfort and thermal properties of wetsuits. There is a demand from wetsuit manufacturers to better understand the neoprene properties and wetsuit performance. The performance characteristics of eight topselling wetsuits, from both high end and low end of the market, were examined. These characteristics include thickness, elasticity, bursting strength, hydrophobicity, thermal conductivity and seal strength. Tensile assessment revealed that neoprene foam was strong and its stretch recovery was well beyond 1.6 times of the original length. Neoprene was found to be hydrophobic with very low surface energy. High-end wetsuits with higher thickness showed slightly higher thermal resistance than low-end wetsuits, indicating that both thickness and bulk density of neoprene influenced thermal properties. High-end wetsuits with fluid seal were stronger than low-end wetsuits with stitched seal.
Language eng
Field of Research 091209 Polymers and Plastics
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Socio Economic Objective 860406 Synthetic Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Sage Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058858

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