Technology Features & Specifications
This technology consists of two steps to functionalise the elastomer protective clothing with safe micro-particles. The shielding textiles are fabricated by this two-step process:
- Melting spinning of composite fibres
- Melting networking process
The linear attenuation coefficient (amount of X-ray or gamma radiation absorbed or scattered) was found to be significantly higher in the new textile than lead rubber used in traditional protective clothing.
This demonstrates that the new textile has better X-ray shielding effect than commercial lead based protective clothing. Furthermore, the density of the new textile is lower when compared to lead rubber, which explains the lighter weight of the new invention.
This technology is applicable in (but not limited to) the following industries:
- Wearable protective vests, aprons and accessories for use in establishments where X-ray equipment is operated or radioactive materials are used, e.g. hospitals, clinics and laboratories
- Portable X-ray shielding curtains on equipment or for specific areas, e.g. airport security channels and nuclear power stations
- Lighter in weight than existing lead-containing protective clothing, which enables the users to wear for a longer period of time, to allow better compliance to radiation shielding
- Softer and more flexible than existing rubber protective wear
- Protective garments with desirable designs can be produced
- Recoverable materials were used, which enables recycling