Resistance of diving suit fabrics to abrasion and chemical contamination through abrasion

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Authors
  1. Ciammaichella, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Mustang Survival Corp, Richmond BC (CAN)
Abstract
An investigation was conducted to determine the surface abrasion resistance of the base fabric of five dry suits and the resistance of the abraded fabrics to chemical penetration. Chemical penetration was tested at 0.35 and 50% abrasion, determined as a percentage of the number of cycles to hole formation for each fabric. At 35% abrasion, all five suits were resistant to penetration by JP8 with methyl carbitol, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and toluene. At 50% abrasion JP8 and MEK were able to penetrate some suits. Recommendations are made for additional abrasion and leakage testing needed before the effect of abrasion on chemical penetration could be determined.
Keywords
Dry suits;Surface abrasion resistance;Abraded fabrics;Chemical penetration;Abrasion cycle;JP8;MEK;Gates ProAm 1050;Whites HazMat;Mustang Survival Corp;Whites SRA Dive;Biological penetration;Viking Pro 1000;Contaminants;Fabric debris;Biological organism;Barsky;Methyl carbitol;Toluene;NAOH;Bleach;ASTM F903-99a;Fabric thickness;Vulcanized rubber suit;Coated fabric suit
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-004 — Contractor Report (Final Report)
Date of publication
01 Jan 2001
Number of Pages
25
DSTKIM No
CA011070
CANDIS No
515714
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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