New Sensor Technology Development and Integration for End of Service Life Indicators - FY09
- This project will develop sensor systems for integration into personal protective equipment (PPE). These sensor systems will provide information regarding PPE performance and end-of-service life.
- OSHA standard 1910.134(d)(3)(iii)(B)(2)
- 42 CFR Part 84 Subpart G, Section 84.1157. Vol 60, Number 110
- Carnegie Mellon University, Research partner
- U. S. Air Force AFOSR, Funding partner
- General industry workers and emergency responders
- Development of partnerships with technology providers and manufacturers
- Test prototype chemical sensors systems
- Construct cartridge simulator test bed
- Collaborate with manufacturers to test sensor package integrated into respirator cartridges
- Q1 Migrate new electronics to sensor testing
- Q2 Submit paper covering findings from sensor integration and cartridge simulator work to OD for approval
- Q3 Characterize first-generation integrated MEMS capacitive humidity sensor using a specific polymer (e.g. polyimide) for water vapor uptake
- Q4 Evaluation of data on chemiresistors made from nanoparticle materials for long-term behavior, over months
- Manuscripts published or submitted to peer review journals (approx. 3)
- Presentations at conferences (approx. 7)
- Standards committee meetings & public meetings (approx. 24)
- Respirators with ELSI/RSLI capabilities are the first likely commercial products to result from this work.
- Implementation of these devices in respirators could result in modification of certification standards.