Advances in materials for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective clothing

U. Turaga, R. J. Kendall, V. Singh, M. Lalagiri, Seshadri Ramkumar

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Chemical, biological and nuclear (CBN) threats are still a major challenge faced by civilized nations. As these threats have become unconventional these days, solutions to tackle them should also be unconventional in nature. In other words, it is not possible for a single discipline to come up with a solution to counter CBN threat agents. In the CBN defense program, there are three main aspects, which include: 1) sensing the threat agents; 2) protection from the threat agents; and 3) preserving after attacks. Fibrous materials can be involved in all three aspects of CBN counter-measures. This chapter briefly discusses the characteristics of the CBN threat agents and their counter-measure strategies involving textile materials. New developments such as dry decontamination wipes and nanotechnology-based protective materials are highlighted in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Military Textiles and Personal Equipment
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781845696993
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Decontamination wipes
  • Detection
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Plasma functionalization of fabrics
  • Protection and decontamination of threat agents
  • Reactive surface technology


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