In the realm of air and space travel, textiles play a surprisingly vital role. From fire-resistant materials in aeroplane seats to specialised fabrics in spacesuits, these woven wonders are essential for safety, efficiency, and comfort. As we enter an era of commercial space travel, understanding textile applications in aerospace becomes crucial.
From the crown of an athlete's head to the soles of their feet and extending even to the playing surfaces they compete on, advances in sports textiles are revolutionising time-honoured games. These textile innovations are not just setting the stage for new world records, but they're also aiding in the miraculous recovery from severe injuries.
Functional textiles and clothing have transformed industries with specialised materials tailored to diverse consumer needs, spanning protective wear, sportswear, and medical garments. This burgeoning market, spurred by technological advances and growing demand, plays a pivotal role in bolstering global economies and driving technological progress.
For ages, Earth's diversity has driven humans to enhance textiles using nature's inspiration. While no single species can thrive in all environments, many have evolved through natural selection to endure challenging conditions. Scientists are using this to humanity’s advantage, creating innovations in protective textiles based on these very adaptations.
Soldiers are accustomed to rigorous physical activity like running and carrying equipment and weapons. Excessive activity in cold climate followed by inactivity results in hypothermia, whereas high work rates while wearing layers of protective clothing in hot climate leads to hyperthermia. Sometimes these conditions can even lead to illness or death.
With the rising ubiquity of a wide range of electronic devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops) and the electromagnetic (EM) waves associated with them, it is becoming increasingly important that cost effective and versatile EM shielding technologies be developed. The two major problems associated with EM waves are that they destructively interfere.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays a major role in enabling professionals to work safely in adverse environments. Kermel looks at developments in the PPE industry. There has been a growth in the number of industries where it is impractical or illegal to work without protective gear. Fire Resistant (FR) PPE is worn by personnel working in environments where they are likely to...
Flame retardant fabrics, as the name implies, are used where exposure to fire and risk of accidents are high. Flame retardants help reduce fire damage on people, the environment and tangible assets. Perhaps its most important function is the safety of humans, now acknowledged as the most important factor in productivity and growth.
In the range of every day fashionable clothing the design is a mean of achieving a positive reaction of an observer and potential customer. It is in human nature to respond on visual experience of an object, meaning the surroundings objects as well as clothing and other product for personal everyday use.
Nonwovens are finding more and more applications requiring flame retardancy in areas that were once the sole domain of woven textiles; Nonwoven products are mainly manufactured using synthetic fibers such as polyolefin, polyester or nylon that represent highly flammable products.