Comparison of Methods Used to Predict the Burn Injuries in Tests of Thermal Protective Fabrics

    Volume 2, Issue 2 (February 2005)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 31 January 2005

    Page Count: 10


    Song, G
    Research Associate, Center for Research on Textile Protective and Comfort, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    Barker, R
    Professor, Special Project Director, Associate Director, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    Grimes, DR
    Professor, Special Project Director, Associate Director, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    Thompson, D
    Professor, Special Project Director, Associate Director, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    (Received 18 November 2003; accepted 19 July 2004)

    Abstract

    A study was conducted to compare the two methods, Henriques Burn Integral and Stoll criteria, in thermal protective performance evaluation on firefighter clothing composites exposed to various thermal hazards. The thermal hazards that the firefighter may encounter during fire fighting are low level thermal radiation and high intensity flashover fire. With the simulation of these thermal hazards in the lab, the heat flux behind exposed clothing composites are characterized with flux rise rate and peak heat flux. Comparisons were performed on the prediction differences of clothing system made using Henriques Burn integral and Stoll criteria under different conditions. The study demonstrated that in some cases less difference is predicted by the two methods, while in other cases a significant difference is observed. Several recommendations were made for the qualitative prediction of garment and fabric thermal protective performance under different situations.


    Paper ID: JAI12117

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI12117

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    Title Comparison of Methods Used to Predict the Burn Injuries in Tests of Thermal Protective Fabrics
    Symposium Performance of Protective Clothing: Global Needs and Emerging Markets: 8th Symposium, 2004-01-15
    Committee F23