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A single zirconium hydroxide particle under a scanning electron microscope. The average size for this type of zirconium hydroxide is 30 µm.

The next generation of materials is providing much-needed protection against chemical and biological warfare agents. The team at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center is focused on developing the next generation of chemical biological (CB) protective materials. We work with collaborators in industry, academia, non-profit research organizations, and other government agencies to improve protection and …

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C.F. Weber workwear reinforced with Cordura re/cor recycled nylon 6.6 fabrics. Photo courtesy of C.F. Weber

From basalt to recycled carbon to sustainable nylons, today’s advanced fabrics are exhibiting environmentally sound components that are sustainable and innovative. An emphasis at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany from June 21-24, 2022 – as was also the case at the recent JEC World composites show in Paris from May 3-5 – was on …

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Endumax film and Twaron fiber can deliver extra protection, reduced weight and maximum reliability for ballistic protective gear, ensuring police safety, mobility and comfort at all times. Photo courtesy of Teijin Aramid

High-modulus, high-tenacity fibers have played a key role in the development of many performance textiles Performance fabrics – one of the fastest growing sectors of the industry – are textiles that provide additional functionalities, such as repellency, resistance or protection from, for example, liquids, extreme temperature or ultraviolet (UV) light, and include fabrics that resist …

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Fiber arrangement for facemask materials

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading worldwide, International Fiber Journal is tracking stories relevant to the textile fiber industry. Facemasks, personal protective equipment, medical supplies and wipes are among the fiber-intensive technologies particularly relevant to the COVID-19 response effort. And as manufacturers of these technologies and others struggle to meet global demand in the face of the …

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The Swiss company Livinguard has developed a treatment for textile facial masks that can directly inactivate bacteria and viruses

Coatings and treatments at the fiber level are primarily utilized as a process aid. These ingredients can be used to heat stabilize the fiber while it is spun and stretched. They can also make the fibers easier to convert into the final fabric, and they can even be washed away during the process. Meanwhile, coatings, …

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