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AgResearch to put flame resistant fabric to test on a person

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Sep '08
For the first time ever AgResearch will put its revolutionary stab and flame resistant fabric it developed about a year ago, to the test on a person, when a blow torch is applied to the vest of the material worn by a male model. This demonstration will take place on 15th September at 12.30pm during a media conference at the Westin Hotel, Auckland, 21Viaduct Harbour Avenue.

The stab and flame resistant vest that will be worn by the model is made from a knitted Vectran based fabric (a non-cut, ultra high strength liquid crystal polymer) and combined with short wool fibre that is packed into the outer fabric surface.

AgResearch Textile Science & Technology Section Manager, Dr Peter Ingham, says the fabric will resist puncture or knife penetration, is lightweight, comfortable to wear and has the dual benefits of the breathability and comfort of wool as well as the puncture resistance of the Vectran component. He says the fabric is suitable for casual vests or jackets. "Whilst not bullet proof, the fabric is able to resist penetration by a knife and is also cut resistant."

Wool, a natural protein fibre, is flame resistant and when exposed to fire does not ignite but forms a thick layer of char. This char then forms a protective barrier against further heat. The Vectran structure holds this char in place giving unparalleled protection against the flame to the wearer.

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