A comparison of two methods of determining thermal properties of footwear

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-7763
Access full text here:10.1080/10803548.1999.11076433
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Teknik och teknologier, Maskinteknik, Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi, Industrial Work Environment, Industriell produktionsmiljö
Publication year: 1999

The present European Standard for footwear testing (Standard No. EN 344:1992; European Committee for Standardization [CEN], 1992) classifies footwear thermally by a temperature drop inside the footwear during 30 min at defined conditions. Today, other methods for footwear thermal testing are also available. The aim of this study was to compare EN 344:1992 with a thermal foot method. Six boots were tested according to both methods. Additional tests with modified standard tests were also carried out. The methods ranked the footwear in a similar way. However, the test according to standard EN 344:1992 is a pass-or-fail test, whereas data that is gained from the thermal foot method gives more information and allows further use in research and product development. A change of the present standard method is suggested.


Kalev Kuklane

Luleå tekniska universitet
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Ingvar Holmér

National Institute for Working Life
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Rallema Afanasieva

Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Institute of Labour Medicine, Moscow
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