Thermetrics new Baby Thermal Manikin

Introducing Thermetrics new Baby Thermal Manikin

In late 2017 Thermetrics cutest thermal manikin was revealed to the world - an all-new 11-zone Baby sweating manikin model we affectionately named baby “Ruth”.

Baby in Carseat

The 11-zone Baby manikin is designed to be approximately the size of a 9-month old child. As with all Thermetrics thermal manikin models it’s constructed from a thermally conductive carbon-epoxy shell with internal resistance wire heater elements and precision skin temperature sensors.

Range of motion has been enhanced through the use of spherical ball joints at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with single-flexure joints at the knees and elbows. 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 evenly 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.

Ruth has been delivered to the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology at Central Michigan University.  Dr. Maureen MacGillivray, director, states "We can simulate a car environment, we can simulate a day care environment, hot muggy environment, a dry environment, all of these are environments that a baby is going to be in so we can look at the interaction of how the baby is clothed or swaddled and the goal is to always have the baby to maintain thermal neutrality or to be comfortable.” See the full story and video at Central Michigan Welcomes New Thermal Baby Manikin.

The new Baby manikin has also been delivered to RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, where it is being used to evaluate the thermal properties of:

  • Clothing and baby gear
  • Diapers
  • Indoor environments
  • Bedding and baby carriers, including car seats and strollers