Follow Us:
Saturday, May 30, 2020

IIT-Delhi researchers develop reusable, affordable PPE coveralls

The researchers have collaborated with G. D. International certified company to produce 1,20,000 coveralls per month.

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2020 7:14:44 pm
iit delhi, PPE, iit delhi coverall, PPE made in India, coronavirus delhi latest update, covid19 updates, education news, iit news IIT-Delhi campus (Source: Twitter/Rao_Ramgopal)

The Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has developed a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) coverall, which integrates bodysuit and shoe cover, for use by those involved in the treatment of coronavirus-infected patients.

These suits are reusable, more breathable, comfortable, and lighter than the alternatives available in the market, claims the institute.

IIT claims a PPE coverall has a special coating and treatment formulation that makes it maintain its weight to 300 gm, against the commercially available 400 gm-500 gm. It also claims these suits can provide complete protection against penetration of coronavirus and have anti-bacterial properties. The outer face of the coverall displays is said to be water- and oil-repellent.

iit delhi, PPE, iit delhi coverall, PPE made in India, coronavirus delhi latest update, covid19 updates, education news, iit news The PPE coveralls developed by IIT-Delhi

The overall can be reused thrice. It is available in four sizes – small, medium, large, and extra-large –  and shoe cover also have different shoe sizes, informs the institute. The researchers have collaborated with G. D. International certified company to produce 1,20,000 coveralls per month.

The team behind developing an advanced version of PPE coverall is SM Ishtiaque, professor emeritus, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT-Delhi and his student, Biswa Ranjan Das, scientist ‘D’ and assistant director, DMSRDE (DRDO), Kanpur.

“Breathability and feel of the coverall have been a major challenge and we have ensured we reach adequate levels of breathability and a softer feel, to support extended wearability,” said Dr Ishtiaque.

Read | Ashwagandha can help fight COVID-19, claims IIT-Delhi research

IIT-Delhi earlier developed reusable face masks. Created by a student-teacher duo, the masks were anti-microbial and washable. The team claimed that the face mask could be reused up to 50 washes. Masks called ‘NSafe’ were priced at  Rs 299 for a pack of two and Rs 589 for a pack of four.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Education News, download Indian Express App.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement