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Nov 2015
Hazardous duty

Hazardous duty

How fabric technology is protecting rescuers against ever-more-dangerous situations.

by Jamie Swedberg

On the hot summer day in 2013 when 19 experienced firefighters lost their lives, the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix, Ariz., spanned 8,400 acres. This is the type of tragedy that engineers and fabricators who work on safety and protective gear for extreme situations contemplate every day. 2015 was a devastating year for wildfires, and the next few fire seasons may be even worse, so the problem is urgent. [More]

Better ballistics, Part II

Development of improved protective fabrics starts with effective materials research.

by Andrew D. Park

Part II of this article continues a discussion of the ballistics market for advanced textiles, the materials typically used, and some of the textiles and textile composites now being developed for lighter weight and more comfortable ballistics protection. A variety of new materials and processes are either available currently or under research. [More]

Effects of Twist on Cord Properties

Christine Domer, Hailide

Spending years in materials science in the tire and rubber industry, I have found large volumes of publications available on most performance aspect of cord properties (strength, elasticity, fatigue, adhesion), and when I run across something on twist I usually make a note of it. I have seen less published data and information available on the effect of twist level on textile cord properties. I have collected a few “rules of thumb” from Takeyama and Fujimoto. Recently at Hailide America Inc, we have looked at the twist effects in an industrial-grade high-tenacity polyester and have found the old tire-cord-twist rules of thumb that apply are actually inverted in the low twist region. [More]
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Ohmatex offers USB 2.0 textile “ribbon”

Danish company Ohmatex ApS has a new USB 2.0 cable on the market that cuts the weight, bulk and relative inflexibility of current, popular USB cable, and offers added benefits: washable connectors and a ribbon-like cable that’s soft, thin and tangle free. [More]

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ARC'TERYX will offer a new, high-tech avalanche airbag

ARC'TERYX has developed its Voltair avalanche airbag, which it calls “the new standard in avalanche safety tools.” The airbag backpack’s technology is designed to keep skiers and riders at the snow's surface during an avalanche event, reducing burial depth and increasing survival rate. [More]

Utah State shares spider silk research contract award

Utah State University announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II contract with Salt Lake City based Technology Holding LLC from the U.S. Army to continue research and development of Spider Silk manufacturing. [More]

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3D printed shoe is made from ocean plastic waste

At the Parley Talk at COP21, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans demonstrated how the industry can rethink design and help stop the growing problem of ocean plastic waste. The result is an innovative footwear concept: a shoe 3D printed from waste plastic found in the ocean. [More]

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Paper structures? Origami makes it possible

The team uses paper prototypes to demonstrate how a thin, flexible sheet can be folded into functional structures, but their techniques could be applied to other thin materials. [More]

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