TITLE

Powerful Lamp Destroys Anthrax Better Than Foam

AUTHOR(S)
Page, Douglas
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Fire Chief;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on a quick and safe cure for anthrax bacteria contamination. Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee found that the ultraviolet portion of an arc plasma lamp can kill anthrax bacteria in a matter of seconds by destroying the cells. Anthrax, an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, is a preferred biological warfare agent because it is highly lethal and relatively easy to weaponize. The lamp was used to metallurgically bond a metallic coating to a metal substrate to demonstrate that barrel materials can be made more resistant to these forces. Compared to mechanical bonding, metallurgical bonding results in far stronger bonds between the atoms of the coating and substrate.
ACCESSION #
12627858

 

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