Textile and Apparel Science

A Hazard Simulation Study for PPE Contamination and Decontamination

  • Yulin Wu (Iowa State University)
  • Rui Li (Iowa State University)
  • Mengying Zhang (Iowa State University)
  • Liwen Wang (Iowa State University)
  • Mashud A K M Alam (Iowa State University)
  • Guowen Song (Iowa State University)
  • Travis Sipple (Iowa State University)


Long-term exposure to the contaminated personal protective equipment (PPE) system is evidenced to be the potential trigger of firefighters' diseases such as cancers. Contaminated PPE that contains harmful substances such as small particles, organic compounds, plasticizers, and heavy metals are believed to be a major contamination source.  In this study, a modified cone calorimeter test was applied to study the material combustion process, analyze the emission components, and characterize and simulate a fire-scene smoke emission. Such a smoke hazard simulation is critical for PPE contamination and decontamination studies. With a controlled hazard simulation, accurate evaluation of advanced decontamination methods, self-cleaning material, and contaminant-proof design of PPE can be achieved. 

Keywords: PPE contamination, Smoke simulation, Cone calorimeter

How to Cite:

Wu, Y., Li, R., Zhang, M., Wang, L., Alam, M., Song, G. & Sipple, T., (2022) “A Hazard Simulation Study for PPE Contamination and Decontamination”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 78(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.13491



Published on
23 Sep 2022
Peer Reviewed