Pesticide penetration and comfort properties of protective clothing fabrics

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nancy Elizabeth Hobbs (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Billie G. Oakland

Abstract: This study tested woven and nonwoven fabrics, with and without finishes, as protective barriers to aerosol spray for protective clothing. The research was divided into three parts: 1) the determination of the physical properties; density, air permeability, and water vapor permeability with their relevance to human comfort; 2) the determination of aerosol dye penetration; and 3) the verification of the dye penetration test as a predictor of pesticide penetration. Seven nonwoven and four woven fabrics were examined for resistance to aerosol spray penetration. Of particular interest were the nonwoven substrates which resist penetration by oils and liquids but allow water vapor transmission. Significant differences in density, air permeability, and water vapor permeability were noted among and between the woven and nonwoven groups of fabrics.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Protective clothing
Textile fabrics $x Density

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