2024 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Uwe Reischl


Clothing fires are a significant public health challenge globally. Thousands of deaths and injuries occur each year from the ignition of flames in clothing. Approximately two million persons suffer burn injuries each year and over 100,000 require hospitalization. Young children and older persons are at greatest risk. Healthcare providers are frequently asked to provide recommendations for reducing such risks. However, information about the flammability properties of commonly used fabrics is generally not available. The objective of this study was to develop a simplified method for quantifying and ranking the flammability characteristics of various fabrics.