Feasibility Study to Determine the Fluorine Content in Quarpel-Treated Fabrics by Analysis with a 14 MeV Neutron Activation on Source
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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A study was initiated on an Army-developed water-and oil-repellent fabric known as Quarpel containing a fluorochemical component critical to the performance of the finished fabric. To analyze for fluorine content, Quarpel- treated fabrics were subjected to neutron activation. This technique of exposing a fabric to neutrons from a 14 MeV accelerator has not been previously reported. Fluorine content of the treated fabric thus can be measured before and after laundering or dry cleaning and correlated with other physical tests to indicate the durability of the fabric treatment.