High protective clothing for complex emergency situations
The collaborative project SAFEPROTEX, worth 4.22 million Euros, is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, targeting small and medium enterprises.
The key aim of the project is to develop protective uniforms that incorporate multiple protective properties, designed for rescue teams and emergency services/organisations that work under complex and hazardous conditions in everyday emergency operations.
The uniforms will be designed to protect against the multiple risks of potentially dangerous situations, such as:
- The wet and water permeation
- Extreme environment temperatures
- Microbial contamination
- Fire and associated heat
- UV radiation and protection against static electricity.
The research project will develop protective garments, providing defensive functions as well as physical comfort.
SAFEPROTEX is multidisciplinary project that requires developments in diverse areas such as polymers science, technology and processing, new additive master batches development and fibre spinning, nanotechnology, sol-gel technology, smart thermo-regulating materials, micro-encapsulation, plasma technology, ergonomic garment design, etc. The consortium brings together a unique combination of expertise, with a selection of approaches on its research activities, the researchers will deliver the most promising materials and associated technologies.
The project began in April 2010 and is due to complete by the end of September 2013, comprises 18 consortium partners representing research centres, academic and industrial organisations in over nine European countries (Greece, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Slovakia).
The investigator from De Montfort University TEAM Research Group participating in the project is Dr Jinsong Shen.
The SAFEPROTEX Consortium
Technological Centres and SMEs:
- Clothing Textile and Fibre Technology Development Company (Project Coordinator)
- INOTEX spol, s.r.o.
- RESCOLL Technical Centre of Materials
- TDV Industries
- De Montfort University
- Tampere University of Technology
- GAIKER Technological Centre
- Swerea IVF AB
- Next Technology Tecnotessile Societá Nazionale di Ricerca r.l.
- LEITAT Technological Center
- Lenzi Egisto S.p.A.
- yskumny ustav chemických vlakien, a.s.
- CALSTA Work Wear S.A.
- NANOTHINXS S.A.
- Suministros Iruñako S.V.
- Fundació Privada CETEMMSA
- RESCUE GR.