Development of a Portable Sensitive Equipment Decontamination System. Volume 2: Activated Carbon Fiber Wipe
Final rept. Apr 2001-Dec 2004
EDGEWOOD CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL CENTER ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY DIR
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The objective of the effort was to develop a portable decontaminant that would be used for the decontamination of gross levels of chemical warfare agents from military surfaces including sensitive equipment, as defined within the Technology Transition Agreement. An activated carbon fiber cloth provides the absorptive capacity that is intrinsic to decontamination capability. Two carbon layers are sandwiched between a protective layer of nylon and a barrier layer of Tyvek, to prevent carbon fiber shedding and contaminant permeation through to the user following and is compatible with vehicleaircraft interior material decontamination, respectively. The carbon is saturated with a hydrofluoroether liquid, a nontoxic and environmentally friendly solvent that is compatible with vehicleaircraft interior material, to aid in the decontamination efficacy efficiency. This report describes the development of the portable decontaminant Wipe and the measurements taken to determine its performance.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare