In what started as a rough sketch on a flipchart during a brainstorming session, the Flash Fire Cylinder (FFC) has evolved into an highly repeatable, closer-to-reality bench-scale tool for testing thermal performance of textiles.
PBI president Bill Lawson recently narrated the first in a series of videos on how the FFC is helping achieve their goal of providing lightweight, comfortable PPE for end-users. The first video covers the need and evolution of identifying a closer-to-reality way to test the materials for PPE. The second video highlights some key features of the FFC.
“The closer-to-reality testing the FFC affords is a huge benefit to garment makers, helping them better-understand how their garments will perform in the field.” – William Lawson, President of PBI
About the Flash Fire Cylinder
With its cylindrical design, 15 embedded sensors, and sample holder rings creating a quarter-inch air-gap, the FFC provides a much closer approximation to the human body—the actual end-use case. Benefits of the device are many, including:
- A huge cost-savings with the ability to test materials at a bench scale before going to full-scale manikin tests
- Compact for use in existing lab environments
- Easy sample prep and installation for highly repeatable test conditions
- Integrated, robust safety precautions for test operators, including an external emergency-stop interface
- Ability to see the effects of dimensional changes in the material under very controlled conditions