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A computerized approach to evaluating the performance of heat resistant protective fabrics.

Authors
Kazmierczak-M; Shalev-I; Barker-R
Source
School of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1988 Jan; :1-27
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00181275
Abstract
Laboratory tests were performed on various materials which might prove to be useful for making industrial safety apparel. The test materials included flame resistant cotton, rayon, and fabrics from polyaramids, novoloids, modacrylic, polybenzimidazole, and stabilized acrylic fibers. Tests were performed to evaluate the durability and performance of the textile samples, and a computerized model was developed to handle the information obtained and make systematic comparisons among fabric samples. The goal for the computer system was to compare fabrics in specific categories based on user judgements concerning what constitutes acceptable performance in the field. With Harrington's analytical model it was possible to compare thermal protection, stiffness, weight, permeability, tear strength and grab strength levels of the samples. The test fabrics spanned a wide range of physical properties. The system is unlimited with regard to the nature and volume of input data that it can handle. Additional factors which might be included in the future are not only additional tests and fabrics, but information concerning price of the materials as well.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; Safety-research; Protective-clothing; Personal-protective-equipment; Textiles-industry; Laboratory-testing; Physical-properties
Contact
Textile Materials & Management North Carolina State Univ Box 5006 Raleigh, N C 27650
Publication Date
19880101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
61526
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB88-248356
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-01431
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
School of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina
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