STP1037: Applying Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) Techniques to Evaluation of Protective Clothing

    White, DF
    staff scientistProject Engineer, Texas Research InstituteNaval Coastal Systems Center, AustinPanama City, TXFL

    Pohlman, TR
    staff scientistProject Engineer, Texas Research InstituteNaval Coastal Systems Center, AustinPanama City, TXFL

    Pages: 10    Published: Jan 1989


    Abstract

    Failure modes, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA) is a formal procedure for identification and assessment of potential failure processes associated with a system design. The technique is frequently applied to hardware designs and is described in MIL-STD-1629A. FMECA methods have been used for analysis of a chemical protective dive suit under development for the Naval Coastal Systems Center, Panama City, Florida. For this project, standard FMECA procedures were modified to allow for description of failure modes which could be caused by a hazardous chemical in the suit environment or which become critical when a hazardous material is present. These techniques may be applied to design and evaluation of protective clothing and systems in general. Significant benefits can include early identification of inherent weaknesses which may be corrected in the iterative design process, and the production of a summary of chemical resistance data which may be used as a reference source in the field.

    Keywords:

    protective clothing, failure modes, design evaluation


    Paper ID: STP22945S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP22945S


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