MIST methodologies

NCSU lab rethinks chemical/biological hazard protection testing and derives important new conclusions.

MIST stands for “Man-in-Stimulant-Test” and is used to determine how a clothing ensemble would perform in a dynamic scenario similar to a real life situation. MIST methodologies have been misperceived for many years and haven’t been widely available until 2008 when North Caroline State University’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) provided access to tests and cleared up the misconceptions about the variability.  

Through the use of a Thermal Manikin (Newton) with constant data output and human subjects, NC State was able to conclude that test variability is generally not defined by the human subjects and their different physiologies but greatly by the ensemble itself.

Read the article by R. Bryan Ormond, Ph.D. here.  Dr. Ormond is CBRN research assistant professor at the Textile Protection and Comfort Center, NC State University.