Volume 19, Issue 3 (May 1991)
Condom Inflation Testing: Strain Distribution During Test
The quality of condoms has assumed greater importance with the spread of AIDS. Many national standards have incorporated an inflation test, which stretches a substantial portion of the condom. This test has been found useful in monitoring condom quality in storage, and also indicates quality of new condoms. The spatial strain pattern as a function of volume is discussed and related to the pattern of condom breakage found in use. It is concluded that the closed end of the condom remains unstrained until the condom volume is substantial. Additional tests on the closed end of the condom, or changes in the method of evaluation of the existing test, would increase the value of the test.