Teijin develops radiation-shielding aramid fabric

April 25, 2013

Teijin Limited has developed a new aramid fiber fabric that protects users against X-ray and gamma ray radiation. Starting in May, the company will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used in areas with high radiation levels. The new Technora fabric is produced by blending radiation-shielding tungsten …

TenCate Protective Fabrics wins orders from Netherlands fire brigades

April 2, 2013

The IJsselland and northeast Gelderland fire brigades in the Netherlands have chosen the superior protection of inherently heat and flame-resistant materials from TenCate Protective Fabrics. The orders, totaling 1,850 uniforms, are from two European contracts. TenCate has developed new protective fabrics that provide permanent protection as well as a high degree of wearing comfort and …

The next generation of nanotubes

It looks like black cotton thread, but it conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire and is as strong as carbon fibers. This next-generation nanotechnology has emerged from the intertwined efforts of top-tier researchers from Rice University, Houston, Texas; Teijin Aramid, Amhem, The Netherlands; the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; and the Air …

Manufacturers of aeronautics go above and beyond

Manufacturers of aeronautics and aerospace products fill demanding and diverse performance requirements Sources remain mum on what it is about the fabric in Superman’s cape that allows him to fly faster than a speeding bullet. However, we know quite a lot about the Red Bull Stratos pressure suit that allowed Felix Baumgartner to survive his …

D3O® Smart Skin provides a low-profile protective layer

Designed for sports applications, D3O® Smart Skin provides a lightweight and low-profile protective layer that can be directly applied to the garment for better comfort, flexibility and a low-profile geometry. It features the British company’s new D3O Aero technology–a lightweight, soft, open-celled PU foam developed predominantly for the sportswear market. Softer and less dense, it’s …

Nylon fabric proven to cool wearers

NILIT® Breeze is a nylon 6.6 fiber proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibers. The yarn’s cooling effect comes from a special cross section—the insertion of an inorganic additive in the polymer itself and a unique texturing process. This combination gives fabrics efficient ventilation capabilities …

Smart textiles for protective gear

April 1, 2013

A new book, Smart Textiles for Protection, outlines how materials that sense and react to environmental conditions are being integrated into personal protective clothing—and examines a wide range of end-use protective applications. The book explores material types, surface treatments, nanofibers, smart barrier membranes, sensors, actuators and computers in protective wear, and also provides a discussion …

“Luci” brings power to the people

Approximately 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity (the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia) and another 1.5 billion have intermittent access to the electrical grid. MPOWERD™ Inc., a New York City benefit corporation (a for-purpose, rather than for-profit business model), wants to end energy poverty with its cheap, lightweight collapsible solar …