Advances in Protective Clothing

25 Apr 2012

Organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the Defence, Safety and Security Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Supported by the Materials KTNQinetiQDstlThe Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The Royal Aeronautical Society

Being a comparatively frail thing, the human body requires protection against a wide spectrum of threats in an ever-increasing range of challenging activities and environments. From the earliest days, the human race has developed forms of protective clothing to counter these threats and so enable survival, increased comfort, improved performance or increased endurance.


In a recent conference we focussed on Advances in Helmet Technology. In this conference we considered Advances in Protective Clothing through the latest innovations in materials science and design across different sectors encompassing defence, the emergency services, agriculture, sports, building, chemical, biological and nuclear material handling and industrial processes to encourage cross fertilisation of ideas for future improvements in Protective Clothing.  


Please note that the presentations are only available to IOM3 members, please Log In to gain access or find out more about IOM3 membership.

The conference was chaired by Dr Debra Carr from Cranfield University


Chair's Welcome and Introduction by Dr Debra Carr, Cranfield University (PDF 1.4mb)

Keynote: Science, Technology, Design or Luck? by Major Peter Norton GC, Defence Academy of the UK (PDF 9.8mb)

Hierarchical Design of Soft Body Armour by Dr Debra Carr, Cranfield Defence and Security (PDF 800kb)

Testing Mine Protection Boots by Professor Ian Horsfall, Cranfield Defence and Security (PDF 1.4mb)

Needle-Stick Resistance Testing & Ergonomics for Gloves by Maxi Brown, Intertek (PDF 2.2mb)

Textile Armour: a Layer by Layer Approach by Lisa Baker, Dstl Physical Protection Group (PDF 1.1mb)

Evolution of Structural Firefighting PPE - Past, Present & Future by Marc Hudson, West Midlands Fire Service (PDF 1.2mb)

Nanotechnology, Multifunctionality and Weight Reduction by Dr Steven J Savage, Swedish Defence Research Agency (PDF 1.2mb)

Impact Resistant Materials for Functional Clothing by David Tyler, Manchester Metropolitan University (PDF 995kb)

Turning Protection Inside Out by Andrew Caughey, Armadillo Merino® (PDF 2.8mb)

Development of an EOD Suit by Mark Oldroyd, NP Aerospace (PDF 4.6mb)



A donation box for the Help for Heroes Charity was available at the conference and this raised £155.00 which was matched by QinetiQ.





Venue and booking

Event Location: 
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Matthew Thornton
+44(0)1484 604 465

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