Department of Science of Materials and Chemical Engineering
Thermograph Analysis _ Turin Polytechnic
The thermograph analysis was conducted at two different levels in order to measure the insulating power of the MICO technical socks and the insulating effect on the foot itself.
All tests were conducted at a temperature of 0°C to simulate the real use of the socks, but without use of shoes or ski boots. 10 minutes maximum time of exposure to the cold was chosen, since the insulating effect is most evident after a few minutes’ wear when there is the greatest difference between body and environment temperatures. This difference tends to decrease by about 3°C after only 10 minutes’ exposure to 0°C.
In all the tests, MICO socks (SKI and SUPERTHERMO) showed a greater capacity to withhold heat, protecting the foot and therefore offering more comfort.
Figures show thermal images of the 4 MICO technical socks (right leg) compared with a sock not made by MICO (left leg) after 2 minutes’ wear.
In all four cases and for all three wearers, the greater insulating power of MICO technical socks is evident in comparison to the reference sock, when measured on the foot, and front and back of the leg. The greater insulating power of the MICO technical socks is shown by a lower surface temperature of the sock (green and blue), due to less thermal dispersion by this more insulating garment.
One of the tests conducted:
Right leg: SUPERTHERMO
Left leg: sock not made by MICO
Warm colours (yellow, orange, red) denote heat dispersion.
Cold colours (azure, blue, green) denote less dispersion.
From this comparison between “SUPERTHERMO” and reference socks, it results that MICO SOCKS DISPERSE BODY HEAT MUCH MORE SLOWLY WITH RESPECT TO SOCKS NOT OF MICO PRODUCTION (lower surface temperatures of the socks), thus resulting to have greater insulating power.