Body Simulation Systems
The BSS team develops and runs the most advanced physiological measurement systems worldwide, particularly instrumented manikins. This involves also research on innovative surfaces for test apparatus with additional functions, such as heating, sweating and heat flux measurement.
The research focus of our team is the modeling of mechanical body reactions to friction, impact or exerted pressure and physiological body reactions using the thermo-physiological model coupled with manikins.
Heat and Mass Transfer
In the ‘Heat and Mass Transfer’ Group, we analyse the thermal interactions between the human body, the climate and clothing. Thanks to human-like apparatus, we simulate the human thermoregulation and study the coupled heat and mass transport through multilayer clothing combinations.
We develop new materials and systems to support the thermoregulatory functions and to improve the human performance.
This group develops polymeric and composite membranes aimed at bringing special functionalities to clothing. The key properties range from high protection combined with enhanced comfort levels to modulated drug delivery. Our expertise encompasses the synthesis and processing of stimuli-responsive polymers, surface functionalization and characterization, design and fabrication of monolithic and porous membranes by various processes (e.g. bar-coating, electrospinning, extrusion) as well as the characterization of permeation and release properties.
In parallel we are studying the interplay of mechanical and chemical factors affecting the properties of the ‘ultimate membrane’ – the human skin, using both mechanical and in-vitro skin models, in order to further advance the development of our materials.