Estimating Remaining Life in Biological Chemical Suits and Enclosure Materials. Phase 2.
Final rept. 16 Aug 93-15 Aug 95,
TEXAS RESEARCH INST INC AUSTIN
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The overall goal of this Phase II portion of this SBIR project was the development of a field NDI kit which uses optimized penetrant systems to detect defects in protective clothing materials - An adjunct goal was to investigate the feasibility of using penetrants to determine the extent of decontamination achieved. A classic penetrant approach to NDE of Teflon and similar protective clothing materials was developed. Penetrant development and testing, then proceed to full-suit testing, conducted under laboratory conditions. The types of penetrants to be used and the method of application were investigated. Kits utilizing these developments were developed which focus on effective field use of the inspection technique. An iterative process was followed which allowed for optimization. Later demonstrations of a pure NDE technology and one combining a decontamination effectiveness function were demonstrated at Dugway Proving grounds, and it became clear that the combination had wider application than either function alone. Demonstrations of the technology to fire departments and Hammet teams were met with the same reaction - the decontamination verification function was viewed in an area needing innovation. The result of these inputs was the development of Decon-Check TM a protective suit decontamination verification and NDE system
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Protective Equipment
- Environmental Health and Safety