Product and Market Applications

Fire Retardant Fabric

Self-Extinguishing

Many fabrics utilized in furniture, clothing, and blankets are fire retardant as a result of utilizing chemicals. Fabric utilizing carbon fibers in various blends not only create a fire retardant material, they can be blended to deliver a self extinguishing classed material, without chemicals.

The PAN carbon fiber (at the carbon content grade of 60-62%) is most suitable for fabrication of a nonwoven, airlay, needled cloth or blanket that serves as an excellent fire retardant and fire extinguishing fabric. Nonwoven processes are increasingly delivering a low cost, high quality end product.

Blends

Carbon fiber, in percentage blends with cotton, polyester, wool and other fibers, produces fire retardant and self-extinguishing results.

Markets

  • Furniture fabric
  • Mattress covers
  • Office panel systems
  • Seating
  • Theatre and home drapery
  • Fire exposure clothing
  • Vehicular fire blanket
  • Welding blankets
  • Blankets for prisons, nursing homes, and disaster relief

The fire barrier characteristics of these fibers assist in improving the fire class of standard fabric for a wide range of important applications.

Cost

The next question concerns the cost of carbon fibers. Reclaimed carbon fibers start out at a lower cost having skipped the most expensive stage of creating the fiber in the first place. Reclaimed carbon fibers in a percentage blend with cotton, polyester, wool or other fibers add a tremendous performance bonus at an attractive cost. CFR is glad to assist with your trials of various blends with specific volume/pricing quotations so you can quickly calculate the blend requirement you want and the actual cost basis for adding in a high tech fire retardant fiber.

PAN Fiber = Thermal Dominance

PAN carbon fiber is a thermally unique material. Unlike the competition, these fibers do not burn or melt when exposed to heat, they char. This self-extinguishing fiber retains its appearance, handling, and textile characteristics after open flame exposure. Additionally, PAN fibers exhibit very low toxic gas generation in fire, making them ideal for the most critical thermal applications. Improved thermal performance is also easily achieved using blends of PAN fiber with existing formulations or by incorporating heat shield layers in products.

PAN fiber is the top performing thermal fiber without requiring any harsh chemical coatings or additives. Carbon fiber’s resistance to the most extreme temperatures, coupled with ease of manufacturing, make it the ideal choice for the highest quality thermal products on the market.

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Additional detail regarding CFR’s thermal barrier carbon fiber materials, go to Fire Retardant Fabric Product Description

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