Thermo-Man® Demonstration Unit

Worst Case Scenarios Come Alive With Thermo-Man®

To test products made with DuPont™ Nomex® Fiber and DuPont™ Protera® fabric, we turn to a 6’1” man and engulf him in flames. He’s DuPont™ Thermo-Man®, and because of him we can help manufacturers offer better, and safer products.

Fires are unpredictable. So in order to test our fabric under the most realistic conditions, DuPont turns to Thermo-Man® for help. This life-sized, instrumented mannequin system is one of the most advanced thermal burn injury evaluation devices in the world. Covered with 122 heat sensors and dressed in test garments, DuPont™ Thermo-Man® helps ensure optimal product performance. Thermo-Man® is a UL Certified test mannequin - the first of its kind developed in conjunction with the US Government to help protect the warfighter from burns.

With this type of testing, DuPont and its collaborators can work together to help them in supplying safe personal protective clothing  for workers and improve upon  personal protective equipment  available today. Since the 1970s, Thermo-Man® tests have been conducted for a broad range of fields, including the petroleum, petrochemical, and chemical industries, electric and gas utilities and fire services. As different as these industries may be, they all have one common goal: protecting workers from fires. And we’re happy to help these industries with their hazard assessments so that they have the protection needed for their particular hazard.

Thermo-Man® tests are conducted at the leading edge technical center in Meyrin, Switzerland and throughout Europe. Thermo-Man® is the only mobile test mannequin that measures the protective performance of a variety of garments and clothing systems for firefighters, industrial workers, military and police under simulated flash fire conditions that can reach temperatures as high as those of molten lava rock. Since the first European fire exposure test in Meyrin, Switzerland in 1989, more than 8,000 tests have been carried out on Thermo-Man® – the equivalent of more than one test per day.

A second Thermo-Man® unit is in preparation for the Middle East region and will be inaugurated in September 2012. The unit will be based in Dubai but will also travel around the region.

DuPont™ Nomex® partners can have privileged access to DuPont technical expertise and the leading edge product testing facilities, including Thermo-Man® and DuPont™ Arc-Man® rigs that help enable the quality and performance of their finished garments to be precisely monitored.

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