Foam Flotation Systems for Personnel Wearing Body Armor
Final rept. Feb 1969-Sep 1970
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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A feasibility study was conducted on approaches to using foams in flotation systems for personnel wearing body armor. Flotation systems should be rapidly deployable 10 seconds and provide flotation for at least six hours, even if damaged. These systems should not interfere with the wearer as he performs his duties. Three approaches were investigated 1 the use of preformed flexible foam 2 instantly generated polystyrene foam and 3 fast reacting two-component urethane foams. Only the preformed flexible foam performed well when fabricated into a jacket and tested on a man.
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