Exploratory Development of Coated Fabric for Fire Proximity Suits
Technical rept. Apr 1976-Dec 1977
FABRIC RESEARCH LABS INC DEDHAM MA
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An aluminum-colored, coated outer fabric for use in fire proximity suits has been developed. The basic fabric used was a filament Kevlar fabric weighing 6.7 ozsq yd. This was primed with Viton L-31, followed by three coats of Viton A containing bronze pigment, a polyurethane topcoat containing aluminum pigment, and a finish coat of clear polyurethane. The fabric does not burn, and exhibits good resistance to heat transfer. It is expected to be more comfortable and durable than the presently used aluminized Novatex fabric. Three hundred yards of the fabric were delivered to the Air Force for manufacture of experimental fire proximity suits of conventional design, and 30 yards of manufacture of six experimental suits of unconventional design.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
- Protective Equipment