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Statistical Analysis of Glovebox Glove Failure

[+] Author Affiliations
E. Pines, Y. H. Park, M. Ofouku

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

M. E. Cournoyer

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Paper No. PVP2006-ICPVT-11-93580, pp. 21-26; 6 pages
  • ASME 2006 Pressure Vessels and Piping/ICPVT-11 Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 23–27, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4753-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3782-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The Nuclear Materials Technology (NMT) Division has the largest inventory of glovebox gloves at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Consequently, the minimization of unplanned breaches of the glove material, typically resulting in glove failures, is a significant safety concern in the daily operations in NMT Division facilities. To investigate processes and procedures that minimize unplanned breaches in the glovebox, information on glovebox glove failures has been compiled from formal records. This research analyzed and interpreted this data by employing statistical methods. Statistical models were also developed to perform reliability analysis for glove failures. In this research, to utilize all available data including incomplete data, data censoring techniques are used in the statistical analysis.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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