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Motorcycle protective clothing: physiological and perceptual barriers to their summer use

de Rome, Liz, Taylor, Nigel A.S., Troynikov, Olga, Hurren, Chris, Fitzharris, Michael, Croft, Rodney J. and Brown, Julie 2015, Motorcycle protective clothing: physiological and perceptual barriers to their summer use, in ARSC 2015 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Conference, Australasian College of Road Safety, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-4.

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Title Motorcycle protective clothing: physiological and perceptual barriers to their summer use
Author(s) de Rome, LizORCID iD for de Rome, Liz
Taylor, Nigel A.S.
Troynikov, Olga
Hurren, ChrisORCID iD for Hurren, Chris
Fitzharris, Michael
Croft, Rodney J.
Brown, Julie
Conference name Australasian Road Safety. Conference (2015 : Broadbeach, Queensland)
Conference location Broadbeach, Queensland
Conference dates 14-16 Oct. 2015
Title of proceedings ARSC 2015 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown],
Publication date 2015
Conference series Australasian Road Safety Conference
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Australasian College of Road Safety
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Despite strong evidence of protective benefits, thermal discomfort is a key disincentiveto motorcyclists wearing protective clothing in hot conditions. This paper presentssome findings from our studies concerning the thermal management properties ofmotorcycle protective clothing and their physiological impact in hot conditions.The thermal and vapour permeability and abrasion resistance properties of motorcycleprotective clothing were investigated in laboratory tests. The physiological andcognitive impact on humans was investigated using objective and subjective measuresunder controlled climate conditions and in a real-world riding trial. The aims were todetermine: (i) if associations existed between thermal management and the abrasionresistanceproperties of a range of commonly available, all-season motorcycleprotective suits, (ii) the extent of the thermal load imposed by motorcycle clothing wornin average Australian summer conditions, and (iii) the impact of that thermal burden onpsychophysical function.The results demonstrated significant physiological strain for motorcyclists wearingprotective clothing in hot conditions. Wide variations in the thermal characteristics andabrasion resistance properties of the suits tested were identified. Ongoing work isinvestigating the impact that elevated thermal discomfort and physiological thermalstrain can have on riding performance and the potential for clothing features, such asventilation ports to reduce thermal discomfort. These results will determine thresholdsfor the thermal qualities of motorcycle clothing required for an acceptable compromisebetween user comfort and injury protection. The outcome will inform industry andconsumer information programs about the performance required of motorcycleprotective clothing suitable for use in hot conditions.
Language eng
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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