The chemical company DowDuPont Specialty, Wilmington, DE/USA, inaugurated the new Thermo-Man burn test unit at its European Technical Center (ETC) in Meyrin/Switzerland.
Guests witnessed the latest smart and innovative Personal Protective Equipment made by the brands Nomex and Kevlar, as well as Tyvek and Tychem coveralls and the new Tychem Chemical gloves. In addition to senior staff from DuPont, the inauguration day saw the attendance of a wide range of end users from fire fighters to experts in utilities and the oil and gas sector, to specialists from the manufacturing and processing industries.
Developed by DuPont, in conjunction with the US Air Force, the new Thermo-Man is an advanced life-size thermal burn injury evaluation system. Designed to help the optimization of garment design for heat and flame protection, the system uses a test mannequin that employs skin model software to predict burn injuries. The system simulates a worst-case scenario and has become the industry standard ISO13506, which specifies the overall requirements, equipment and calculation methods to provide results that can be used for evaluating the performance of complete garments or protective-clothing ensembles exposed to short-duration flame engulfment.