CarbonX® fabrics are based on patented blends of highperformance fibers that will not ignite burn, char, shrink or significantly decompose when exposed to intense flame, molten metal, arc flash or high heat. Even after intense exposure, CarbonX® maintains its integrity and continues to protect. These capabilities are why CarbonX® is the best non-flammable fabric on the market today. CarbonX® in its raw form, is a yarn created by spinning O-PAN (oxidized polyacrylonitrile) fiber with an Aramid strengthening fiber. This formula results in a yarn with amazing fire resistant characteristics that serves as the precursor to a wide array of products and applications requiring heat and flame resistance. The CarbonX® yarn can then be converted into an array of fabric producsts such as:
Knit Fabric Products – Knitted CarbonX® long underwear, socks, gloves
and hoods are remarkably lightweight, comfortable and breathable
next to the skin – and they provide an effective extra layer of protection
against flame and radiant heat.
Non-woven Fabric Products - Non-woven CarbonX® felts provide a lightweight insulation from severe conditions. Excellent for thermal barriers, insulation, blankets etc.
Woven Fabric Products – Woven CarbonX® fabrics for jackets, pants and coveralls offer better ounce-for-ounce protection than traditional plastic-based or treated cotton fabrics. Laminated products – CarbonX® fabrics can be combined with other materials to offer additional protection, such as aluminizing for extreme radiant heat protection or high-heat silicone for hot fluid and steam protection.
New and innovative CarbonX® products are continually in development.
At approximately 600° F., the leading FR fabrics burn, begin to shrink while charring, then
crack and decompose. This is all in about 10 seconds. Under flammability testing, the FR
fabrics will ignite and they often have problems passing the shrinkage test. Under the same
conditions, CarbonX® is not effected in any way. It even disburses the heat energy and will
take about 60 seconds before the heat will start penetrating the next layer of fabric. CarbonX®
will not ignite or burn even when exposed to temperatures exceeding 2600° F. for over 120
seconds. As for material shrinkage, it does not exist with CarbonX®.
To better understand the differences between
CarbonX® and competitive products, one must first
understand the technical functions and objectives
relating to these products. The basic concept and
definition of a high performance FR fabric is usually
considered a manmade fiber with a continuous
operating temperature ranging between 375° to
600° F. The fibers are classified as having favorable
characteristics in at least one of the following
performance properties: operating temperature, the
limit of heat transfer, tensile strength when exposed
to high temperature, chemical resistance and LOI (Limit of Oxygen Index). Most of the FR
fabrics currently used perform in one, sometimes two of these areas, CarbonX® performs
extremely well with all of these performance properties and more.