Testing the warmth of a blanket.
March 9, 2009 2:03 PM Subscribe
How can I empirically test the relative warmth of a blanket?
posted by plasticbugs to science & nature (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For science (and for my very strange job), I need to test three different blankets for "warmth".
My plan: to put three different people inside of three separate refrigerators (like cola refrigerators - the ones you see in convenience stores with the glass doors). My test subjects will be wearing nothing but boxer shorts and one of three test blankets. The refrigerators will probably be set to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
I am taking all safety precautions and won't be keeping my subjects inside the refrigerators for more than 30 minutes. Don't worry, there's going to be PLENTY of people on hand to ensure this is done safely.
How best can I test the "warmth" of these blankets? I'm thinking that if each subject wears a large pool thermometer around their neck, I'll get a reading from the amount of heat that exists between the person's body and their blanket.
Am I on the right track? Or will each thermometer read approximately 98.6 (because of its proximity to the body) after 30 minutes of testing?