Selection, Design, and Testing of a Glove System Compatible with the U.S. Navy's Chemical Warfare Protective Dive Suit

    Published: Jan 1989

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    This article describes a study sponsored by the U.S. Navy to select a glove system for its Chemical Warfare Protective Dive Suit (CWPDS), and to design the interface for attaching the selected gloves to the suit sleeves. Based on a market survey and review of literature data, a glove system consisting of inner Viton glove and outer butyl rubber glove was selected. A glove to suit interface was designed which allows easy removal and replacement of gloves while maintaining chemical protective integrity. Permeation tests for the dual glove system against five chemical warfare agents, before and after two pretreatment regimens, indicated no permeation of agent materials under the test conditions used. Permeation tests against 28 industrial chemicals were also performed. Overall permeation performance was equal or superior to the CWPDS primary material and seam.


    Protective clothing, contaminated water diving, gloves, Butyl rubber, Viton, permeation testing, chemical warfare agent testing

    Author Information:

    White, DF
    Staff ScientistSenior Engineer, Texas Research Institute, Austin, Texas

    Stull, JO
    Staff ScientistSenior Engineer, Texas Research Institute, Austin, Texas

    Paper ID: STP22944S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP22944S

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