From Aquatex Industries, hydroweave fabric can be used in garments to aid in relieving heat stress associated with heavy work or work in hot environments. Its multilayer construction consists of an outer woven fabric shell; fibrous batt containing a water-absorbent polymer; and a conductive, microporous film on a light fabric substrate. To relieve heat stress, a worker immerses the hydroweave garment in water. When in contact with the wearer's skin, excess body heat is transferred to the material and released to the outside environment by evaporating the water in the garment. The material also insulates the wearer from external heat.
November 2000, RS# 208