With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the production of face masks has increased many-fold. The increase in production has also increased the need for testing facilities to test masks. Masks must be tested to ensure they meet their given specification to protect healthcare workers.
ProjectMask of the Delft University of Technology was established to develop testing equipment to be able to perform testing on face masks. ProjectMask aims to make the information publicly available to increase the capacity of testing equipment. ProjectMask and the Delft University of Technology are no certifying bodies which means that we cannot say that certain masks are safe to be used. We merely aim to provide information regarding the tests, testing setup and procedures.
The project focuses on the following five tests procedures:
- Carbon dioxide test
- Breathing resistance test
- Dry particle penetration test
- Filter material penetration test
- FIT test
The information of each test can be found on the corresponding pages. Research papers, CAD-models, validation reports, and other documentation are added where appropriate.