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Russian firm ArcticTex launches jacket with OCSiAI's graphene nanotube

Dec '21
Pic: OCSiAl
Pic: OCSiAl
Russian company ArcticTex has launched a climbing jacket made with OCSiAI’s graphene nanotubes. The jacket got heated up in 40 seconds during tests on Mount Everest. Each jacket contains around 10 milligrams of nanotubes. It turns the fabric into a heating element. OCSiAI, based in Luxembourg, is a leading manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes.

In 2021, ArcticTex released a pilot model of a climbing jacket with integrated heating modules. The technology facilitates fast and uniform heating of the fabric from a portable power source while preserving the flexibility of the fabric. The company’s specialists managed to create a lightweight heating jacket with a total weight of less than 0.5 kg thanks to the reduced volume of thermal insulation and the replacement of metal heating elements with nanotube-improved textiles. The maximum heating temperature of the product is 45 °C, which ensures comfort and safety. The jacket was tested in extreme weather conditions on Mount Elbrus, according to a press release by OCSiAI.

In 2022, ArcticTex will begin mass production of this jacket model. Simultaneously, the company is working on the creation of products with integrated temperature control sensors. With the help of special software, such clothes will be able to maintain the requested temperature and signal to rescuers in case of emergency.

Tuball graphene nanotubes are already widely used to manufacture static dissipative textiles. Such clothing guarantees safety in Atex industries where the accumulation of static charge could lead to accidents.

“The climbing jacket with modules made of innovative heating fabric was successfully tested by climbers during the ascent of Elbrus in August 2021. In strong winds and temperatures of minus 10–15 °C, the jacket retained heat and the fabric warmed up to a comfortable temperature in 40 seconds. The battery charge lasted for six hours of continuous operation,” Olga Moskalyuk, the head of ArcticTex said in a statement.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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