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WIN 2016-2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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market at that time as well, and the company introduced the first toxin- destroying filter system. By the beginning of the 21st century, Gore was delivering breakthrough solutions to product and process challenges in a variety of markets and industries – from aerospace to pharmaceutical to mobile electronics and more. In the 2000's, Gore launched minimally- invasive products to treat congenital heart defects, peripheral artery disease and aortic aneurysms. Architectural fabric woven from GORE ® Fiber was used in the new retractable roof over Centre Court at London's Wimbledon tennis tournament. The company celebrated 50 years of innovation in 2008. In 2010, GORE-TEX ® Active Shell garments were launched, geared toward high speed, highly aerobic activities that require enhanced breathability. Gore earned its 10th Dupont Plunkett Award for fluoropolymer innovation, this time for turbine filters that capture particles in a submicron range. Gore continued making a splash in the portable electronics market with a vent that provides new levels of protection against water immersion. GORE ® High Flex Planar Cables helped enable the landmark discovery of gravitational waves. In that decade, Gore surpassed 40 million medical devices implanted worldwide. Gore was recognized for its development of functional fabrics that provide full-service protection against weather and electrostatic discharges. A Fast Company magazine article refers to Gore as, "the most innovative company in America." Advancing Multi-Capability Evaluation W. L. Gore & Associates recently enhanced its product testing capabilities with the opening of new Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection labs. The new lab facilities allow Gore engineers to measure the properties of component materials, Gore fabrics and fully constructed garments, and footwear in new, expanded and relevant conditions. The Biophysics lab can re-create between 85 and 95 percent of the environments on the earth's surface, allowing Gore to evaluate the performance of its products in specific conditions, collect quantitative data on the protection provided, and assess the resulting comfort of the wearer. The new Heat and Flame Protection Lab allows Gore to precisely measure and analyze the ability of its products to provide the three key elements of burn protection: flame resistance, thermal insulation, and thermal stability. "Gore's new world-class facilities can simulate from the most common to the most extreme environmental conditions, from a cold, damp drizzle in Scotland to the scorching heat of a California wildfire," says Paul Canatella, technical leader for Gore Fabrics Division. "By creating real-world conditions in a lab environment, we can scientifically measure and analyze the impact of a product on human perception and performance in a controlled environment and then quickly apply that data to our product research and development efforts." Proactive Capabilities Testing Gore conducts extensive testing in the new Biophysics lab to predict the effects of apparel, activity, and environment on the human body. This state-of-the-art facility has the capabilities to measure performance, protection, breathability, and comfort for the end user and can re-create a wide range of environmental conditions, such as adjusting the temperature from -50° to +50°C, relative humidity from 5 – 98%, wind from 0 – 10 m/s, and rain conditions (water and air temperature 5° – 25°C, rainfall rates between 0 – 76 mm/hr and wind from 0 – 5 m/s). The data and analytics gathered during the testing process are a critical component for understanding the potential impact on the end-user in a variety of relevant environmental conditions; for instance, exposure to heat and solar radiation, cold, rain, or high wind. The impact is measured through benchtop testing, sensored mannequins and human trials in the environmental chamber. Key components of the Biophysics lab include: • The Environmental Chamber can simulate extreme environmental conditions from frigid temperatures on Everest to the blazing sun and heat of Death Valley to Amazonian rainforest humidity. Such range of conditions are achieved through accurate control of temperature (-50° – +50°C), relative humidity (5 – 98%), wind speed (0 – 10 m/s), and natural solar radiation (0 – 1100 W/m²) that can replicate a complete solar cycle from sunrise to sunset. • The Rain Tower can simulate realistic rainfall rates ranging from a light drizzle in Scotland to a downpour in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. It can simulate rainfall of up to 3 inches per hour, water and air temperatures ranging from 5° to 25°C, and wind speed of up to 5 meters per second. This is critical in testing the impact of wind-driven rain on various aspects of water protection and comfort, such as how the garment's water pickup affects the user's perception of warmth and bulk, for example. Along with comfort, protection from heat and flames are tested in Gore's new Heat and Flame Protection lab. To maximize end-users' functional effectiveness in a wide range of heat and flame exposures, Gore analyzes thermal insulation and thermal stability in addition to "self-extinguishing" flame-resistant functionality of materials. Key capabilities of the Heat and Flame Protection labs include: • The Cone Calorimeter enables Gore engineers to measure heat release characteristics of the fabrics used in finished garments, one of the most important variables to measure when developing garments that protect against heat and flame sources. The cone calorimeter also allows for measurement of smoke generated from a fire event involving these products. • Stored Thermal Energy Tester evaluates time to burn in low heat flux scenarios where a firefighter could experience steam burns from standing outside the fire ground. This allows complementary insight to the additional reduction in protection in a flash-over fire scenario when a room or area is suddenly engulfed in flames from floor to ceiling. • Pyrolysis Combustion Flow Calorimeter (PCFC) / Micro- combustion Calorimeter (MCC) allows Gore to rapidly characterize heat release and fire-preventing char generation in the raw materials used to make its products. "The advanced capabilities of the Heat and Flame Protection lab allows us to very quickly assess the performance of materials and rapidly generate and develop understanding and new technologies that enable us to better protect those that protect and serve all of us," said Kip Sturgill, global technical leader for Gore's protective fabrics business unit. More info: INDUSTRY PARTNER W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. Winter 2016/2017 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | 9

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