Nomex® Thermal Solutions for Military
Nomex® fibre used in personal protective clothing helps respond to a wide variety of military end uses.
Submarine crews and marine sailors, infantry troops, MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle crews, deminers, paramedics and logistic staff, they have all found reliable and trusted solutions in the garments made of Nomex® fibre, whether their hazards are flash fire, fire, explosion, electrical arc, molten metal splashes, static discharge or chemical repellence.
Nomex® – the fibre that reacts in a crisis
Nomex® is an inherently flame-resistant, high-temperature-resistant meta-aramid fibre that doesn’t melt and drip or support combustion in the air. A key factor in the protection provided by Nomex® fibre is its ability to carbonise and thicken when exposed to intense heat, which increases the protective barrier between the heat source and the skin and helps minimise burn injury. As this thermal behaviour is obtained by its molecular structure and not by applying a flame retardant chemical substance to the fabric, yarn, fibre or polymer, Nomex® offers permanent protection, which cannot be washed out or worn away.
Nomex® solutions offer inherent and durable heat resistance:
- They do not continue to burn when the flame is removed and they do not melt
- They do not generate toxic or irritating fumes when exposed to heat and flame
- They are resistant to a wide range of chemicals
- They are abrasion-, tear- and wear-resistant for long wear-life
- They are comfortable, due to the transportation of moisture along the fibre by capillary action
Comfort and appearance
Three basic characteristics have an impact on a wearer’s comfort: garment weight, antistatic properties, and moisture management. Garments made of Nomex® can help offer better results for all of them.
Fabrics from Nomex® are soft, lightweight, behave like a traditional textile fabric and are therefore extremely comfortable to wear. DuPont offers design assistance so that protective garments can be attractive and comfortable, whilst still addressing stringent protection standards.
Durability, ease of care and life cycle cost
The cost effectiveness of the purchase of protective clothing is influenced by three factors: durability, ease of care and life cycle cost.
Fabrics made of Nomex® fibre can maintain their dimensional stability and appearance better than FRT (flame retardant treated) cotton and cotton blended fabrics.
Garments made of Nomex® fibre are suitable for home or industrial laundering and dry-cleaning, have a wrinkle free appearance and do not require ironing after washing.
The purchase price of a garment made of Nomex® fibres can be offset against the higher average number of washings that the garment can undergo during its lifetime.
Explore the different types of Nomex® solutions for military forces:
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INFORMATION & IDEAS
Dupont™ Thermo-Man® in Flash Fire Demonstrations
Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors, which is dressed in test garments and then totally engulfed into flames generated by propane gas burners.
"Dupont celebrates 50th Anniversary of the iconic brand, Kevlar®, at Interschutz 2015"
DuPont Protection Technologies celebrates the 50th anniversary of its advanced, high strength fiber for ballistic and cut protection; Kevlar® at Interschutz 2015.
Protection in Action with Dupont™ Nomex® 3DP Fabric
Nomex® 3DP outer shell fabric from DuPont; will be on display on the DuPont booth at Interschutz 2015
"DuPont unveils single layer, triple-threat protection garment Tychem® ThermoPro at Interschutz 2015"
DuPont™ Tychem® ThermoPro offers firefighters, and those involved in the emergency response to chemical incidents with a risk of flash fire, a new form of protection that combines the chemical protection of DuPont™ Tychem® fabric and flame and arc flash protection of Nomex® fiber in a single garment.
Dupont™ Nomex® Garment Innovation Awards Bring Innovation to the Forefront at Interschutz 2015
DuPont Protection Technologies will showcase the winners of the DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award at this year’s Interschutz show
DuPont Launches Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue
Recognising that today’s customers are always looking for quick, simple and convenient solutions, DuPont has launched its new Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue – a dedicated site that showcases a complete range of garments containing Nomex®.
DuPont launches next-generation multi-hazard protection: Nomex® MHP
With a global reputation for innovation and development in inherent, multi-hazard protection for a variety of thermal hazards, DuPont has announced the launch of the new Nomex® MHP fabric – Multi-Hazard Protection. It represents the next-generation of protection against heat and flame, arc flash and small molten metal splashes for industrial areas.
DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program
The DuPont™ Nomex® Partner Program is the answer to those in Europe who seek innovative protective solutions from a trusted value chain. DuPont™ Nomex® Partners, identified with the Nomex® Partner seal, are carefully selected for their commitment to ethical principles, strong quality and innovation orientation, and detailed knowledge of end user needs.
Electric Arc Protection - Nomex®
In order to choose adequate protective clothing, the potential incident heat energy (in units of energy per surface area) caused by an electric arc and to which a worker may be exposed, needs to be calculated in a thorough risk assessment.
Nomex® & the Thermo-Man® Test
DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is a life-size mannequin equipped with 122 heat sensors dressed in test garments and exposed to a flash fire with temperatures rising up to 1,000°C.
DuPont Round Table at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue HQ – Part 2
DuPont hosted a round table debate at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue headquarters to encourage a discussion about topical issues regarding PPE in the Fire and Rescue sector. Part 2 of the debate focuses on breakopen and cost vs. wearlife.
Nomex Innovation Highlights release
Recognising the importance of innovation, quality and authenticity, DuPont, leaders in personal protection, will be displaying a range of its partners products that have received the respected ‘DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award’ at this year’s A+A show.
DuPont has over two centuries of experience in providing military forces with critical materials. Our cutting edge technologies and materials continue to help provide leading edge protection for military personnel all over the world including military armour made with DuPont™ Kevlar® fibre.