STP989

    Hydrogen Fluoride Exposure Testing of the U.S. Coast Guard's Totally Encapsulated Chemical Response Suit

    Published: Jan 1988


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    Abstract

    The U.S. Coast Guard Chemical Response Suit was field tested at the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site in controlled releases of hydrogen fluoride. Two suits were placed on specially designed mannequins in two separate tests and subjected to hydrogen fluoride vapor concentrations up to 12 000 ppm for a 6-min period. The mannequins contained a pulsed breathing air supply to simulate normal operation of the suit's exhaust valves and four different hydrogen fluoride detection systems. The analytical results of the two tests indicated no penetration of hydrogen fluoride into the suit.

    Keywords:

    chemical protective suit, fluoropolymers, protective suit testing, suit integrity, hydrogen fluoride


    Author Information:

    Stull, JO
    Senior engineer, Texas Research International, Austin, TX

    Johnson, JS
    Safety science group leader and principal investigator, Safety Science Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

    Swearengen, PM
    Safety science group leader and principal investigator, Safety Science Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA


    Paper ID: STP26314S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26314S


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