Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / NC University to redesign traditional firefighter gloves
NC University to redesign traditional firefighter gloves
01
Oct '09
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.”

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.

North Carolina State University

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

Bangladesh exporters want duty-free access to US, Brazil

Garment and apparel exporters of Bangladesh are seeking duty-free...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

India to produce 341 lakh bales cotton in 2016-17: CAI

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has maintained in its January...

Textiles | On 22nd Feb 2017

'India to be self-sufficient in silk production by 2020'

Indian could be self-sufficient in silk production by the year 2020...

Interviews View All

Deepak Jain
Baggout

We are using Facebook and Instagram to promote ourselves

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

Smith Vaghasia
Sanado India

Online remains the best destination for shopping

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search