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Development of Breathable, Self-Sealing Protective Garment

Abstract “Smart” materials are used for a broad range of application including electronics, bio-medical devices, and smart clothing. This work focuses on development of smart self-sealing and breathable protective gear for soldiers against Chemical Weapon Agents (CWA). Specifically, the response of chemo-mechanical swelling polymer modified meshes to contact with stimuli droplets was studied. Theoretical discussion of the mechanism of smart materials is followed by development and experimental analysis of different modified mesh designs. A multi-physics model is proposed based on experimental data and the prototype of the fabric is tested in aerosol impingement conditions to confirm the barrier formed by rapid-self-sealing feature of the design.
Created Date 2016
Contributor UPPAL, AASTHA (Author) / Rykaczewski, Konrad (Advisor) / Hildreth, Owen (Committee member) / Marvi, Hamidreza (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical engineering / Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) apparel / Protective gear / Self-Sealing / Shape Change Effect (SCE) / Smart materials / Superabsorbent Polymers
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 61 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Mechanical Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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