Elena Kosareva

Doctor of Philosophy

Supervisor: Dr. Jane Batcheller

Thesis working title: Examination of the influence of moisture on the heat transmission performance of fibres and fabrics used in the wildland firefighters’ protective clothing systems.

Every year during the spring-summer fire season, wildland firefighters put their lives at risk attempting to suppress these fires. They are exposed to hostile environmental conditions created by the fires, including high heat, smoke, toxic chemical release, and wind. At the same time, their work is very strenuous and they experience continuous metabolic heat production with profuse perspiration or skin moisture release. Providing an appropriate level of protection against heat transmission through a protective clothing system is essential under both dry and wet conditions. Heat transmission through clothing and prediction of a skin burn injury can be assessed by various bench-scale tests and also a full-scale manikin test. The results obtained from the bench-scale test methods do not always represent as life-like a scenario as a full-scale manikin test. The aim of this research is to examine the performance of the clothing worn closest to the human body or the base layer in a protective clothing system during heat exposure. It will include an exploration of the influence of moisture on different fibre contents of the base layer materials. An investigation of the most reliable bench-scale test method for the assessment of wildland firefighters’ protective clothing will also be part of this research and include a comparison with results obtained from the more life-like manikin test scenario.

Publications and other research contributions:

Publications & conference proceedings:

Diankova, T. Yu., Lvov, D.S., Kosareva, E.S. (2012). Additive effects in the water-repellent finish of polyester and polyamide fibre. Collection of reports of the All-Russian scientific and technical conference: Current Trends of Information Technologies Development in Textile Science and Practice (pp. 8-13), Russia

Kosareva, E. S., (2011). Designing of new generation school uniform: novel solutions of armhole-sleeve joint design and method of application of soil-repellent coating on fabric. News of young scientists of St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design, 202-203

Poroshina, E. V., Baskova O. Yu., Kosareva, E. S., Diankova, T. Yu. (2008). Improvement of adhesive strength of adhesion bonds of fabric interfacing. Young Scientists for Textile and Consumer Goods Industry Development (Search – 2008): Source Book of Inter-university Scientific and Technical Conference of Students and Postgraduates. Part 1. (pp. 82-83), Russia

Baskova O. Yu., Kosareva, E. S., Diankova, T. Yu., Tsobkalo, E. S. (2008). Analysis of adhesion bond strength of fabric interfacing. Issues of Economics and Advanced Technologies in Textile, Consumer Goods and Polygraphic Manufacturing Sectors. (pp. 73), Russia

Presentations:

Kosareva, E., & McQueen, R. (2019) Textile structure and fibre content analysis of materials for water filtration technology with advanced oxidation system [Report presentation]. BioLargo Water Inc. meeting, Edmonton, Canada

Kosareva, E. (2011) Artistic and constructive solutions in designing raincoats for women [Poster presentation]. Perspective 2011: VIII International competition of designers’ projects, Moscow, Russia

Kosareva, E. (2011) Designing of new generation school uniform: novel solutions of armhole-sleeve joint design and method of application of soil-repellent coating on fabric [Conference presentation]. Innovations of the Youth Science 2011: conference of young scientists, St. Petersburg, Russia

Kosareva, E., & Baskova, O. (2008) Improvement of adhesive strength of adhesive bonds of fabric interfacing [Conference presentation]. Science Days 2008: scientific and technical conference, St.Petersburg, Russia

Kosareva, E., Baskova, O., & Shumatbaev, A. (2007) Study of the effects of radiotelephone radiation on the human body [Conference presentation]. Science days 2007: All-Russian scientific and technical conference of students and postgraduates, St. Petersburg, Russia

Kosareva, E. (2006) New wheel for an old bicycle: calculation and comparison of the moment of inertia of hollow and solid cylinders with the same mass [Conference presentation]. Science days 2006: All-Russian scientific and technical conference of students and postgraduates, St. Petersburg, Russia

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