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Firefighters' breathing apparatus: testing belt radiant heat resistance and corrosion resistance.

Authors
Crouch-KG
Source
NIOSH 1980 May; :1-40
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00121175
Abstract
The effects of radiant heat on the belts of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) used by firefighters were studied. Different belts were tested at three radiant heat intensities, 0.45 watts per cubic centimeter (w/cm2), 0.92w/cm2 and 1.16w/cm2. Belt length and stiffness were determined after exposure. SCBA were tested in a salt spray chamber for 10 days to determine corrosion resistance. All of the SCBA models subjected to salt spray showed considerable visual corrosion and functional deterioration. The authors identified belts appropriate for firefighting. The author states that these data will help NIOSH establish test methods and performance criteria for SCBA.
Keywords
Firemen; Analytical-methods; Standards; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respirators; Heat-exposure; Fire-fighting-equipment; Radiant-energy; Self-contained-breathing-apparatus
Publication Date
19800501
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-112813
NTIS Price
A04
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Respirator Research; Respirators
Source Name
NIOSH, U.S. Department of H.E.W., Cincinnati, Ohio
State
OH
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