Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Now wool as a heat-resistant material !
Now wool as a heat-resistant material !
27
May '08
Though natural, untreated wool is scratchier than synthetic fabrics, wool is less susceptible to burning. This makes it an ideal fabric for uniforms worn by members of the military, firefighters, and others whose occupations expose them to fire.

“Wool burns with a self-extinguishing flame and produces a soft ash that dissipates and will not lodge in open wounds,” says Jeanette M. Cardamone, a chemist at the ARS Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. “Synthetic materials, on the other hand, form hot, molten beads that can drip into a wound and cause trauma.”

In ERRC's Fats, Oils, and Animal Coproducts Research Unit, Cardamone has discovered and patented a heat-resistant material that can be incorporated into wool and other fabrics to match the flame resistance of commercial firefighters' uniforms. The material was developed at the request of the U.S. military—one of the largest markets for domestic wool—to offer U.S. troops protection against fire-related injuries.

In an earlier project, Cardamone developed biopolished wool that is both machine washable and itch free. Nine companies have expressed interest in licensing the patent for this technology, and the ARS Office of Technology Transfer has issued two licenses for it. This wool already has many desirable properties, so it's a natural choice for developing a fabric with improved flame retardancy.

Working with visiting scientist Anand Kanchagar, Cardamone improved the flame retardancy of the biopolished wool by treating it with a heat-resistant polymer that is stable, easy to process, and highly tolerant of extreme temperatures. Unlike some popular flame retardants, the ARS material does not use the heavy metal zirconium, which can present a health hazard during processing. While natural, synthetic, and blended fibers can be treated with the polymer, wool is particularly suitable because of its innate fire resistance.


Must ReadView All

Indonesia, Australia to sign CEPA in March

Textiles | On 16th Feb 2019

Indonesia, Australia to sign CEPA in March

Indonesia will sign a comprehensive economic partnership agreement...

Accord notes lack of progress in transition in Bangladesh

Apparel/Garments | On 16th Feb 2019

Accord notes lack of progress in transition in Bangladesh

The Accord recently expressed deep concern over the lack of progress...

Uzbek Prez signs decree for further textile sector reforms

Textiles | On 16th Feb 2019

Uzbek Prez signs decree for further textile sector reforms

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree recently for...

Interviews View All

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

Sustainable fashion is also ‘slow fashion’

Top executives, Textile & apparel bodies

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

The mid-term review of FTP is progressive, growth oriented

Rahuul Jashnani, Jashn

Rahuul Jashnani
Jashn

‘Online economy has changed the whole dynamics of buying habits.’

Shivani Swamy,

Shivani Swamy

The Livinguard Technology is owned by Green Impact Holding AG based in...

Ashish M Amin,

Ashish M Amin

Premier Looms is a leading provider of cutting-edge machinery and...

Farheen B Rahman & Priti Jain,

Farheen B Rahman & Priti Jain

Founded by business-designer duo <b>Priti Jain and Farheen Rahman</b>,...

Chunyi Zhi, City University of Hong Kong

Chunyi Zhi
City University of Hong Kong

<div><b>Chunyi Zhi</b>, associate professor in the Department of Materials ...

Razvan Popescu, Directa Plus SpA

Razvan Popescu
Directa Plus SpA

Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers worldwide of...

Johan Berlin, InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Chandani Sahi, By Chandani

Chandani Sahi
By Chandani

By Chandani is a womenswear prêt couture brand with fusion silhouettes by...

Anisha Chaudhari, Threads & Shirts

Anisha Chaudhari
Threads & Shirts

Threads &amp; Shirts is a freshly-tailored concept providing men/women a...

Hemant & Nandita, Hemant & Nandita

Hemant & Nandita
Hemant & Nandita

The designer duo of Hemant &amp; Nandita are known for being inspired by...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


February 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search