Ingenious Video 3: This Sandwich Will Save Your Life in an Arc Flash (1 Favorite)

VIDEO in Physical Properties, Interdisciplinary, Lab Safety, Polymers, Heat, Temperature, Molecular Structure , Chemical Properties. Last updated January 3, 2022.


It’s never fun when your clothes catch on fire. And while “stop, drop, and roll” may be a good idea sometimes, in more extreme cases, you need a better plan. Every day, industrial workers, firefighters, and soldiers risk fiery situations that might seem hard to imagine. In an arc flash event, for one, temperatures can jump to metal-melting levels in milliseconds. How can anyone possibly survive that?

Well, take a tip from a club sandwich, because it’s all about the layers. The composite fabrics that protect life and limb in these situations rely on some incredible, multilayered chemistry, including the ability to quickly form a protective carbonaceous crust around the wearer.