Faculty Advisor

Notarianni, Kathy Ann

Abstract

The objective of this Major Qualifying Project was to determine the thermal limit of a polycarbonate facemask material used by firefighters and compare it to an alternative high temperature resistant material, polyethersulfone. A series of tests were conducted at the product level on polycarbonate and polyethersulfone samples by exposing both materials to a radiant heat source. It was shown that the coatings that were applied onto the materials significantly improved the heat deflection properties. The results of the tests were compiled and presented to the National Fire Protection Association 1981, Standard for Open Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Use in Emergency Services, Technical Committee.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

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