Lightning Protection Garments for Injury Prevention

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Zolt Technology LLC
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Retest existing garment prototypes (jacket, shirts, pants) with various metallic materials in them with different configurations. In addition, build and test helmet and backpack, using different materials and including nanotechnology. Graphene has come down in cost and is lightweight, and easy to incorporate in materials. We will need a mannequin, either the one we have or build a new one, that can measure voltage over chest wall/heart and skull area. We would also like to measure current and temperature. The mannequin and prototypes will then be tested at DNB engineering laboratories in Anaheim where they have a Marx Generator that can deliver 3 million volts. We will try and replicate lightning with direct and side splash voltage.

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