Provo – BYU will help protect the new technology of the engineering sector COVID-19 By traditional masks.
A team of engineers developed a new filter by electrospinning nanofibers. The fibers have an electric charge, which attracts COVID-19 particles.
When they put the filter into the fabric pieces of the homemade mask, it made the mask more effective or more effective than the N95 masks used by health professionals.
According to Katie Varela, BYU Mechanical Engineering Senior, N95 face masks are 95% effective in filtering particles. Regular cloth masks can prevent up to 50% of virus particles.
“We have come in the range of 95 to 99 with the latest tests we have done,” he said.
Fabric masks with filters allow air, water and heat to circulate.
“This material is great for masks because it is extremely breathable. Current N95 masks are hot and hard to breathe,” he said. Nanos Foundation Director Will Wahley. “You can have the best mask in the world, but if you do not wear it because it is asa fort char, it is useless.”
The panel plans to make the instructions open source so that it can be easily accessed by the public.
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