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Developed by DuPont™ and the U.S. Air Force, Thermo-Man® is built inside a container for conducting tests simulating the garment's exposure to direct fire, with temperatures up to 1200°C.

 

Developed by DuPont™ and the U.S. Air Force, Thermo-Man® is built inside a container for conducting tests simulating the garment's exposure to direct fire, with temperatures up to 1200°C.

DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin, equipped with 122 heat sensors. The sensors record the temperature rise on the surface of the mannequin. The computer calculates the predicted percentage of second- and third-degree burn injuries a person might suffer under similar conditions.

Tests show that with exposure to the same flash fire, a worker dressed in cotton or polyester cotton could suffer combined second- and third-degree burns over up to 90% of his body. For a worker protected by Nomex®, the potential injury level could be contained to less than half, resulting in a lower degree of burn injury over a smaller body area and thus substantially increasing his chances of survival and reducing recovery time. See a demo in the short video above.

Previously Featured on DuPont's YouTube channel.

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For more than 50 years, DuPont Personal Protection (DPP) has been creating groundbreaking solutions that protect industrial professionals around the globe. DPP brings together some of the most trusted names in personal protective equipment (PPE)—Tyvek®, Tychem®, Nomex® and Kevlar®—to provide unparalleled solutions that protect workers against chemical, thermal, electric arc, mechanical and other workplace hazards.

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