Human-mannequin comparisons in testing NBC protective clothing – A next generation mannequin system


  1. Dickson, E.F.G.
  2. Tremblay-Lutter, J.F.
  3. Prior, L.
  4. Brown, J.
  5. Gibson-Harris, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN) Corporate Office;Royal Military Coll of Canada, Kingston ONT (CAN) Dept of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
A mannequin-based personal protective equipment (PPE) exposure chamber has been developed within a project sponsored by Canadian Centre for Security Science (CSS) CBRN Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) [1], and supported by the CBPlus technology demonstration project of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), with contribution from industry and international partners. The mannequin has been designed to address issues observed previously that can result in lack of fidelity between human and mannequin vapour protection test results. The chamber has also been designed to permit more extensive variation of chamber exposure parameters than is easily performed with human test subjects. Results are compared of system-level vapour protection obtained using a chemical warfare agent simulant, with human test subjects and this new mannequin platform. In general, this initial study indicates that the objective of a sufficiently human-like platform to be used for system testing has been achieved for vapour exposures. Future work includes more extensive validation of the performance of the mannequin test platform for a variety of exposure parameters including aerosol simulants.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);Exposure Chamber
Report Number
DRDC-CORPORATE-SL-2010-009 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jun 2010
Number of Pages
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