ECE Illinois Students Design a Sensor That May Save Firefighters Lives

03/05/2014
Three senior design students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois have prototyped a device that could protect firefighters from an invisible danger: searing temperatures. With modern firefighting clothing, every inch of skin is covered, insulating the firefighters from severe temperatures and exposure to gases and carcinogens. Along with fire-retardant outwear, firefighters wear a mask and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), fitted over the face, keeping the air that they breathe relatively cool. But when the SCBA facepiece reaches a certain point-about 150˚C-those protections can become compromised. The polycarbonate lens ...

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