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Firefighting Technology: Robot Tests Chemical Protective Clothing

06/07/2013
Coming Soon: Atlas High-Mobility Robot for Rough Terrain By Mary Jane Dittmar Petman, an anthropomorphic robot, was designed for testing chemical protection clothing for the military. Its natural agile movement simulates how a soldier stresses protective clothing under realistic conditions. The robot needs no mechanical support, balances itself, and moves freely. It walks, bends, and does a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics while being exposed to chemical warfare agents. Petman also simulates human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity, and sweating--all to provide realistic test conditions. Petman was built as part of the Individual Protective En...

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