STP1037

    Selection of Fabrication Methods and Their Impact on Design of Chemical Protective Clothing

    Published: Jan 1989


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    Abstract

    Various means of fabricating chemical protective garments may be applied to coated fabrics, sheet or roll goods depending on the polymer or polymers employed as a barrier coating. Ideally, seams in a chemical protective garment should give protection equal or superior to that provided by the base material. However, in practice this has been difficult to achieve. The seaming problem impacts material selection and pattern design since cost and producibility factors as well as physical performance and chemical resistance become important. This paper discusses seaming techniques used with candidate materials considered for the US Navy Chemical Warfare Protective Dive Suit (CWPDS) and will present results of a comprehensive suit construction evaluation performed for that program.

    Keywords:

    protective clothing, seams, seaming, construction, fabrication, chemical resistance


    Author Information:

    White, DF
    Staff Scientist and Senior Engineer, Texas Research Institute, Austin, Texas

    Stull, JO
    Staff Scientist and Senior Engineer, Texas Research Institute, Austin, Texas


    Paper ID: STP22946S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP22946S


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