New Sensor Technology Development and Integration
for End of Service Life Indicators-FY10
- 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 Evaluate new nanocluster materials
- Q2 Submit paper covering findings from optical sensor integration and cartridge simulator work to journal for acceptance
- 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 (3)
- Presentations at conferences (7)
- Standards committee meetings & public meetings (27)
- 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.