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Meet Lumi

2018-EHS-Thermal Manikin Baby Shower 21.jpgThe new Baby Manikin, affectionately named Lumi, was delivered on October 22, 2018 at 4:15 PM in the presence of a large welcoming crowd.  Norm, the adult thermal manikin, is happy to have a baby manikin join him as a research subject in the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology.


Lumi will be used by faculty, industry collaborators and students in research that examines how the baby responds to various apparel and textile products under varying environmental conditions.  Lumi may be used to evaluate how he/she interacts with the thermal properties of

  • Baby clothes, diapers, blankets, bedding
  • Indoor environments such as a room or a vehicle
  • Baby carriers, including car seats and strollers
  • Bedding, blankets

Unlike Norm, who has 46 zones (some of them customized), Lumi is approximately the size of a 9-month old child. Lumi is constructed from a thermally conductive carbon-epoxy shell with inside heating elements and temperature sensors. Spherical ball joints are used at the neck, shoulders, and hips, with single-flexure joints at the knees and elbows. All testing with Lumi must occur within an environmental chamber that can control heat and humidity while keeping air velocity at a minimum.

Lumi was described by one news reporter as having a face that only a researcher could love – but we think Lumi is radiant!


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