Development of Reflective Materials for Fire Fighter's Boots.
Final technical rept. Jun 71-Jan 72,
AIR FORCE MATERIALS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The objective of the program was to conduct a preliminary investigation of current boot materials used by Air Force fire fighting personnel and to demonstrate the capability of developing newer materials to enhance the reflective characteristics of future boot materials to provide superior protective qualities. Improved protection is required to ward off radiant energy from JP-4 fuel fires. Present Air Force boot materials are made of a neoprene binder with a carbon black filler. The approach taken was to determine the effect of various pigments, incorporated into the present neoprene binder, that are known to have specific reflective qualities for solar and infrared radiation. By varying the amount of pigment one could then determine the specific effects of the pigment and the binder. An attempt was also made to determine the effect of binder materials transparent in the infrared wavelength range.
- Elastomers and Rubber
- Protective Equipment