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dc.contributor.advisorTorvi, David A.en_US
dc.creatorThorpe, Peter Aen_US
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-20T15:53:51Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:31:14Z
dc.date.available2004-05-31T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:31:14Z
dc.date.created2004-04en_US
dc.date.issued2004-04-23en_US
dc.date.submittedApril 2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-05202004-155351en_US
dc.description.abstractThe very nature of the fire fighting environment makes thermal degradation of turnout gear inevitable. Standards that are currently in place to ensure that new gear performs adequately for the protection of the fire fighter do not provide a quantitative measure for assessing this gear once it is in service. When the performance of the gear is compromised due to degradation, it could put the fire fighter wearing the gear at unnecessary risk. A non-destructive test that indicates the end of the useable service of the garment would be a benefit to the fire service. Full scale fire tests were conducted to suggest a range of heat fluxes that turnout gear specimens should be subjected to in order to simulate degradation caused by in-field use of the gear. A series of destructive tests were conducted on exposed specimens. A number of non-destructive tests were performed on the same specimens. The results of destructive and non-destructive tests were compared. This research explored some options for non-destructive tests of turnout gear. Digital image analysis and colorimetry were both offered as possibilities for a diagnostic test of this gear. Correlations between destructive performance tests and the colour changes of the outer shell fabric could be used to develop non-destructive tests to evaluate every garment owned by a department. More work is required to improve these test methods, but the door has been opened to better testing for in-use gear, and ultimately to provide better protection for the fire fighters who use this clothing.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectnon-destructive testingen_US
dc.subjectdigital image analysisen_US
dc.subjectfull scale fire testsen_US
dc.subjectturnout gearen_US
dc.subjectdegradationen_US
dc.subjectheat transferen_US
dc.subjectfire fighteren_US
dc.subjectprotective clothingen_US
dc.titleDevelopment of non-destructive test methods for assessment of in-use fire fighter's protective clothingen_US
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSimonson, Carey J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSharma, Jitendraen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBurton, Richard T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberYannacopoulos, Spiroen_US


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