Biometric-based Flame Retardant Materials for Combat Uniforms and Equipment: Coatings/Fibers Developed from Sustainable and Green Processes
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DOD / ARMY
As the public becomes more aware of the need to care for the environment, new environment-friendly flame retardant materials need to be developed. Many of the flame retardant chemicals in use today are toxic and harmful to the environment. This proposal concerns a naturally occurring plant extract as a potential non-toxic flame retardant compound. In a Phase I feasibility study, it was demonstrated that the plant-derived compound could be grafted onto fabric materials, with the resulting fabrics having significant flame retardant characteristics. Test results also support the non-toxic nature of the modified fabric. In addition to the extract being produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion, methods were devised whereby the extract can be used in manufacturing processes without generating environmental hazards. The proposed Phase II study will expand the understanding of plant derived compound as a surface treatment for existing fabrics. The study will further evaluate the flame retardant characteristics of materials treated with the compound, will further investigate the potential for toxic byproducts, evaluate sustainable manufacturing processes, and confirm the compound is compatible with the physical properties of combat uniforms (breathability, strength, color, weight etc.).
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