Thermo-man test

This test, elaborated and performed by DuPont simulates the survival chances of a fireman when he is caught in a flash over.

An intervention jacket and trousers are installed on an instrumented dummy. Then the suit is exposed to a fireball:

  • Heat flux: 84 kW/m²
  • Average temperature from 800°C to 1.000°C
  • Exposure length: 8 s
  • Recording time after the ignition: 60 s

The 122 sensors on the dummy record the heat that passes through the intervention suit to the skin. 

A software program meausures the level of second degree an third degree burns and estimates the survival chances of the fireman. 

This video shows a Thermo-Man® test performed on a Belgian suit: