About us

ArcticPro – Arctic Wear and Protection Research Network gathers experts from companies, research organisations, universities and end user groups in the field of cold wear and protection. Network is working active in promoting joint research projects, seminars and Road Shows in Finland, in other Nordic countries and in Europe. Network is established 2013 and the participants represent research organisations, Nordic textile and clothing industry associations and universities within the field, altogether 20 participants. The aim is to enhance the knowledge of cold weather clothing and cold protection, to enhance human well-being in arctic climate, to prepare joint research projects and to find new product applications in regard to the cold area specific requirements, the latest knowledge and know-how in the field.



TUT -50 / + 80 C
10…95 %
relative humidity
Stationary, moving joints
Sweating thermal cylinder.
Thermal insulation
Conductive lab. Water penetrat. repellency, air permeability, water vapor permeability.
Versatile textile testing
Thermographic camera.
High-speed camera.
Human well-being and comfort studies.
FIOH 5 chambers: -45/+65 °C
10…95%. humid.
0…20m/s wind
Vibration plate 1…50Hz
2 pools 2…45°C Static, dynamic and sitting thermal manikin and head, hand and sweating feet models Sweating guarded hotplate in climatic chamber (-40…+50°C, wind 0…4 m/s)   Air permeability, resistance to water penetration, mechanical prop.
Mechanical and fire testing
Cold/heat strain Physical/manual performance
Environmental monitoring
ULA             Body scanner User-centered design,
Concept & Collection design,
Early stage user testing with virtual prototypes,
Sustainable design
Special groups
Adope Design Suite,
Lectra Kaledo Suite,
Lectra Modaris 2D patternmaking & 3D virtual fitting software,
Body scanner
ARCTIC POWER Chamber 1: -50 – +70. Chamber 2: -40 -+30, Wind, rain, freezing rain   Thermal manikin, non-sweating, walking       Infrared cameras 3 pcs, High Speed imaging. Wellness studies.   3D scanner
LUND (-50) -40…+20 °C and+ 5…+60 °C, RH 10…90 %   Walking manikin, use of wet “skin” Hotplate, dry and wet, not standard,
Water-cooled plate
    Thermal environment lab, Usability lab, Virtual reality lab, Aerosol lab, Mechanic’s workshops,

Motion capture (at humanities department), Biomechanics lab (at mechanics department)

Industrial design education at the house with all facilities (incl. sewing workshop), however, clothing/fashion design is quite seldom (commonly only if related a specific industrial product) 3D printers, 3D scanning of smaller objects
SINTEF -30°C/+50°C
10-90% relative humidity
Cold Water Immersion (CWI) pool
Sweating Guarded Hotplate in Climatic Chamber     Heat/cold stress/cognitive/manual/
physical performance
User-centered design, concept development, prototyping Wacom,
Adobe Design Suite, Autodesk Designer
HOHENSTEIN Adobe Design Suite, Autodesk Designer
10-95 % humid.
yes sweating thermal and non sweating thermal -both moving Sweating thermal   Skin sensorial test
plus fully equipped textile testing lab
possibly yes Yes including 3D body scanning and 3D analysis
EMPA – 40 / + 80 C
10…95 %
  Sweating moving manikin ISO 11092, sweating torso, sweating head, sweating foot   Material-skin interface tests (friction, pressure, temp, rH…) Spiroergometer, laser doppler, skin analysis (courage khazaka)    
TNO 5×5 m2, -30 to +60°C, 10-95% RH           Oxygen uptake, heart rate, Temp core (esophageal, rectal, pill) &skin, skin perfusion, dexterity, skin sensitivity, stress, vigilance, comfort, cognitive, anthropometry (3D) Controlled lab studies AND field studies 3D body scanning and 3D analysis
THS           Complete factory for knit&weve, laminating, finishing and garments Consumer and market research especially in fashion. Design know how and research Complete CAD systems, 3D printer.
VTT 0 / + 50 C
10…95 %RH
ISO 5 cleanroom
      -Body-box video monitoring
-Body-box video monitoring
-Linting (dusting) test textile fabric (Gelbo Flex) and cloth (QLT)
-Textile microbiological cleanliness (lab and field)
-Barrier and filter lab (particle penetration-degree of separation, air permeability –flow rate, pressure drop)
-Electricity lab (electrostatic prop of textiles, cloths, gloves, footwear)
<-Acoustic laboratories: material acoustic properties characterization(sound absorption and sound insulation)
– EMC shielded lab with constant t & p
-Fibre foam forming lab/td>

-Usability lab,
-Behavioral measurements (Noldus-system),
-Field studies
-Simulation of thermal comfort and biocontamination spread
-Noise and sound monitoring and measurements
-Sound Quality evaluation and listening test facilities
-Aerosol lab
-Foresight (Delphi-method,
Human-driven design, Open web lab Owela (www.owela.fi))
-Concept development, and prototyping (product, use, value chain)
-User-centered design
-Co-design and co-development
-CFD and PIV (particle dispersion, heat/cold, air flow)
-Acoustic FEM, Abaqus, VA, BEM, Nx Nastran, Altair, AVL, Simulink, CadnaA, Labview
– Virtual Environment (VE) lab for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) studies and 3D visualization, movement platform and listening tests including noise