Advanced fabrics, fibers, and yarns for multifunctional clothing

Wool–aramid and other fiber blends offer superior comfort, moisture-management, fire-resistance, and other functionality for advanced garments and active-wear

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The U.S. Army is currently evaluating and developing wool-aramid and other multi-functional fibers, yarns, and fabrics for knitted garments, undergarments, gloves and headwear to meet the demanding requirements of the warfighter.

Historically, the Army’s aramid blends (Nomex/Kevlar) used in Iraq and Afghanistan met soldier requirements for flame resistance but fell short in important areas like cost, comfort, moisture management, and printability.

Army illustration of multifunctional wool-aramid clothing enabled by research and development at the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Soldier Center in Natick, Massachusettes. 

Garments for the warfighter need to offer all of these performance characteristics: comfort at rest and on the move, moisture and odor management, electrostatic management, durability, and where specified, fire resistance.

Army textile experts have conducted manikin burn studies of various fabrics and clothing systems. The research is available to businesses pursuing a license agreement for the Army’s patented textiles technology. (Army photo)

Additional objectives or requirements may include anti-perspiration, anti-staining, and anti-microbial functionality, colorfastness, and washability.

Among the Army’s patented candidate fiber blends, wool-aramid and other aramid blends are being developed to meet all of these requirements. They outperform previous blends by offering:

  1. Superior flame protection
  2. Lighter weight
  3. Improved moisture management

Current research and development at the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Soldier Center is focusing on reducing shrinkage and improving the dyeing of these textiles.

In addition to the Army’s interest for both fire resistant and non-fire resistant clothing systems, wool-aramid fiber blends are currently being evaluated as part of a Navy and Air Force flight suit study.

Completed studies are available for review by qualified companies pursuing a patent license agreement.

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