Navigation Links
PyroHands: NC State receives grant to develop next generation firefighter gloves
Date:9/29/2009

What is one of the biggest complaints firefighters have about their job? It's their gloves. While the current gloves are designed to provide protection against extreme temperatures, they are often bulky and inflexible. Through a recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, researchers at North Carolina State University will attempt to redesign the traditional firefighter glove to provide fire protection with less bulk and greater hand dexterity.

"Firefighters frequently say that bulky gloves impede their ability to pick up things and turn knobs which can be critical in emergency situations," says Dr. Roger Barker, professor of textile engineering chemistry and science, director of the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC), and lead researcher on the study. "There have been improvements in fabrics over the years. What we need now are advances in the functional design of the glove itself, to go along with the advances in glove materials."

Barker and his team at NC State will begin their research by speaking with firefighters to discuss their needs and wants in a glove. Based on their feedback, the researchers will test a variety of textile materials for thermal protection, grip, breathability, insulation and flexibility among other characteristics and design prototypes of the next generation firefighter glove.

The testing of the glove will be conducted on T-PACC's state-of-the-art PyroHands Fire Test System a life-sized hand manikin made from a flame resistant composite that provides realistic simulation of a human hand's response to intense heat exposures. PyroHands, which was developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, has 21 sensors 20 in the palm and back of the hands and wrists, and one in the middle finger that provide valuable data about the level of heat exposure and the predicted burns as result of a fire. PyroHands is an extension of the NC State's PyroMan, a fully instrumented, life-sized manikin capable of evaluating the performance of thermal protective clothing with 122 individual heat sensors placed throughout the body. The system is part of a sophisticated facility that features computerized, animated analysis of the response of heat sensors to permit the study of garment and body reaction to intense heat and flames.

"By using PyroHands to test glove prototypes, we will be able to measure the distribution of fire protective insulation over the surface of the hands. This should help us develop improved glove designs by showing the locations on the glove where thickness and bulk might be reduced without compromising thermal protective performance," Barker says.

This project is the latest of several grants NC State has received to support research that benefits the firefighting industry. In 2003, Barker and team received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop a prototype of new firefighter turnout gear, which offered increased protection against heat and chemical and biological agents while also improving comfort and durability. Earlier in 2009, Barker's team received grants from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Fire Protection Research Foundation to develop a testing apparatus and measurement protocol that allow firefighter suits to be evaluated for their ability to prevent and minimize stored heat burns.


'/>"/>

Contact: Caroline M. Barnhill
caroline_barnhill@ncsu.edu
919-515-6251
North Carolina State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NSF funds states first imaging system for UAB microscale research lab
2. Georgia State researcher to use $1 million grant to improve computer models for fighting wildfires
3. K-State geographer working to clarify what sustainability really means to rural decision-makers
4. Rutgers to collaborate in $3.4 million effort to improve prostate cancer identification using MRI
5. ELISE ID to Power State Driver Registration Search System
6. Aware Software and Development Services Enable State-of-the-Art Fingerprint Card Scanning
7. Scientists find that individuals in vegetative states can learn
8. Cybernetwork to help K-State researchers study tallgrass prairie, respond to global warming
9. K-State Pollution Prevention Institutes intern program named best
10. K-States plant pathology head named fellow of Phytopathology Society
11. Researchers find first evidence of virus in malignant prostate cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2016)... , Jan. 22, 2016 ... the addition of the "Global Biometrics ... to their offering. --> ... the "Global Biometrics Market in Retail ... --> Research and Markets ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... Jan. 20, 2016 A market that just ... benefit from the explosion in genomics knowledge. Learn all ... Research. A range of dynamic trends are pushing market ... personalized medicine - pharmacogenomics - pathogen evolution - next ... markets - greater understanding of the role of genetic ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... 20, 2016  Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA ... today announced sampling of S1423, its newest ClearPad ... small screen applications including smartwatches, fitness trackers, and ... and rectangular shapes, as well as thick and ... moisture on screen, while wearing gloves, and supports ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... February 4, 2016 --> ... acceleration company is pleased to provide the following update on ... Over the last 3 months we have significantly increased ... agreements exceeding $1,000,000. As a result, we have positioned ourselves ... Inc. license agreement and expect that development to continue on ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... Feb. 4, 2016  Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX ... and monetization of intellectual property, today provided an update ... the Northern District of Texas ... Inter Partes Re-examination ("IPR") proceedings that ... The IPR was initiated on only certain claims of ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... February 04, 2016 , ... Franz Inc. , an ... technology has been recognized As “ Best in Semantic Web Technology - USA ... Corporate America, it’s our priority to showcase prominent professionals who are excelling in ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... ... ... Many of the engineers at FireflySci, Inc. have been manufacturing quartz and ... other cuvette manufacturers is their supercharged customer service and their extensive database of glass ... flow of inside information, they have recently revamped their manufacturing techniques to reduce lead ...
Breaking Biology Technology: