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Asbestos substitute fabrics for safety clothing.
North Carolina State University, Department of Textile Materials and Management, Raleigh, North Carolina, Terminal Progress Report 1983 Jan; :1-8
Samples of over 70 different heat resistant fabrics were obtained and tested for flammability, thermal shrinkage, molten iron penetration and degradation. Other studies have sought to evaluate tensile strength, tearing strength, abrasion resistance, flexibility, air permeability, and thermal insulation value of the materials. A computer system was developed to handle the data generated from the studies. Information needed to define the performance criteria for such clothing was gathered through reviews of the literature, reports of industrial safety engineers, standards listed in ASTM Committee F23.80 on protective coverings, and from the manufacturers themselves. The thermal responses of the various fabrics were evaluated as to their ability to resist heat transfer and thermal disintegration on impact with molten iron, to their flammability on exposure to a vertical flame and by determining the minimum concentration of oxygen required to burn, and to their thermal shrinkage. Experiments were designed to measure the ability of the fabrics to withstand heat hazards encountered in the workplace. Experiments were also conducted to evaluate the textile properties of the fabrics including the fabric weight, thickness and density. The computer program as developed compares the asbestos/substitute fabrics systematically, based on the data obtained.
NIOSH-Grant; Heat-resistant-materials; Flame-retardants; Protective-clothing; Safety-clothing; Work-clothing; Personal-protection; Ignitability
Textile Materials & Management North Carolina State Univ Box 5006 Raleigh, N C 27650
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North Carolina State University, Department of Textile Materials and Management, Raleigh, North Carolina, Terminal Progress Report
North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina
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