Introducing Thermetrics new Baby Thermal Manikin
After a longer than expected gestation period, Thermetrics latest custom thermal manikin is ready to be revealed to the world. Introducing a new 11-zone Baby sweating thermal manikin model we have affectionately named baby "Ruth”.
The 11-zone Baby Manikin is designed to be approximately the size of a 9-month old child. It’s constructed from a thermally conductive carbon-epoxy shell with internal heater elements and temperature sensors. Spherical ball joints are used at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with single-flexure joints at the knees and elbows. Cable connections are at the eyes to minimize any interference with the garment being tested.
Proving that good things come in small packages, the Baby Manikin also includes Thermetrics exclusive sweating skin system, which utilizes a matrix of pores over the active surface of the manikin coupled with computerized fluid delivery and a wicking fabric skin layer to distribute water over the surface of the manikin. This method allows for precise control of the sweating rate, selectable by manikin region.
Fitting all this technology into an instrument the size of a 9-month old child was extremely challenging, and it required the development of new miniaturized components and innovative bundling techniques to successfully achieve this outcome. Good things really do come in small packages.
The new Baby Manikin can be used to evaluate the thermal properties of:
- Clothing and baby gear
- Indoor environments
- Bedding and baby carriers, including car seats and strollers
Like all of our thermal manikin family members, baby "Ruth” is a complete turn-key package with manikin body form, control electronics, PC laptop computer, and ThermDAC software.
The Baby Manikin has been shipped to RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.