The Effect of Carbon on the Ultraviolet Radiation Permeation of Fabric

The purpose of this comparative experiment was to be able to determine whether carbon reduced ultraviolet (UV) radiation permeation through various fabrics. This experiment tested a homemade carbon spray on two types of fabrics: cotton and polyester. The spray was applied to the fabric, secured to the UVA sensor with a rubber band, and subjected to UV radiation in the apparatus. The average UVA intensity was measured and recorded, and was later analyzed in an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and matched pairs t-tests. Upon conducting an ANOVA and two matched pairs t-tests, it was found that there was a significant difference between the fabric materials with the addition of carbon than without it. These results are applicable in everyday life, because people are constantly subjected to radiation around them, and finding a fabric material that can be used to reduce the amount of radiation permeating through the skin can significantly reinforce the body’s defensive system and reduce the amount of people affected by cancer. From these results, it can be determined that carbon-enhanced fabric, whether it be done via carbon fiber woven into the fabric or applying a carbon spray like the one tested, can help reduce the chances of having health problems that are caused by radiation.

Research Done By:

Emily Caretti
CousinoHigh School

Mohammed Islam
FitzgeraldHigh School