Nomex® Fibers for Heat- and Flame-Resistant Protection
DuPont™ Nomex® fibers are heat- and flame-resistant, and are used in protective fabrics, garments, insulation, and other high-performance applications to help provide protection to millions of people and processes worldwide.
Nomex® is an inherently flame-resistant, high-temperature resistant fiber that will not melt, drip, or support combustion in air. It is offered in paper, felt, fabric, and fiber forms.
Nomex® brand fiber is used across a diverse range of applications, but it is perhaps best known as a critical component in protective apparel. Today, more than three million firefighters around the world are protected by turnout gear, stationwear and accessories made of Nomex® for its unique combination of flame protection, durability, and mobility. Nomex® also is used in apparel worn by military pilots and combat vehicle crew; auto racing drivers, pit crew members and track officials; and industrial workers at risk from flash fire and electric arc hazards. Some troops in Iraq are being outfitted with Nomex® flight suits to help protect them from burns caused by roadside bombs, the greatest threat to American troops.
Nomex® fibers are instrumental beyond protective apparel, as well. Motor, generator, transformer, and other electrical equipment manufacturers have used DuPont™ Nomex®, a standard for electrical insulation, for more than 40 years. Industries from asphalt and cement plants to chemical and steel factories use filter media made of Nomex® brand fiber. Honeycomb of Nomex® paper is used for lightweight structural support and helps substantially improve the performance of commercial aircraft.