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Preparation of Fibers with Enhanced Ultraviolet (UV) Reflectance for Arctic Camouflage
Final rept. Oct 1990-Apr 1991
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA
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Samples of fiber containing different loadings of Zirconium Oxide and Titanium Dioxide were prepared using standard melt spinning techniques. These samples were then compared to the Arctic Camouflage fabric using Ultraviolet UV photography. This report evaluates the parameters for incorporation of Zirconium Oxide into the fiber structure, including stability, processing parameters and the effect on the UV reflectance. The fiber containing Zirconium Oxide shows a higher UV reflectance than either the Arctic Camouflage Fabric or samples containing Titanium Dioxide. TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ULTRAVIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY, FIBERS, FABRICS, ARCTIC, ZIRCONIUM OXIDES, ARCTIC CLOTHING, NYLON, REFLECTANCE, ZIRCONIUM OXIDE, CAMOUFLAGE, NYLON 6, SNOW.
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