Air Mobility Command demonstrates heat, humidity based decontamination

The U.S. Air Force recently conducted a demonstration of decontamination potential of hot and humid air on biological agents at the Orlando International Airport.

The Air Mobility Command (AMC) hosted the demonstration of the Joint Biological Agent Decontamination System (JBADS), using a simulated anthrax contamination scenario and showing how heated air that is humid can decontaminate spores. In the demonstration, a commercially available insecticide was used to demonstrate the air's ability to decontaminate organic matter.

“Although final results of the (Joint Capability Technology Demonstration JCTD) are pending, preliminary indicators point to a ‘complete kill’ of the biological simulant,” AMC JBADS Operational Manager Larry Magnuson said.

During the demonstrations, air was heated to approximately 170 degrees with humidity at 90 percent. This method is being explored tin order to develop a way for airmen to speed the decontamination process in a safe manner. Findings from another aspect of this demonstration, to see if this method was harmful to equipment, will be released in April.

“The success of the demonstration would not have been possible without the outstanding research and support provided by a large cross section of (Defense Department) agencies and industry working in full cooperation," AMC chief scientist Donald Erbschloe said. "This was a true team effort.”

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