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.
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.
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:
- Superior flame protection
- Lighter weight
- 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.
- Superior flame resistance per ASTM standards
- Improved comfort, weight, moisture management, and printability
- Ongoing improvements in colorfastness
- Advanced stage of testing and development by Army, Navy, and Air Force
- Business can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent 8,475,919 from the Army
- Samples and test data may be available to qualified businesses for evaluation
- Collaborative research and development with the Army is possible
- License fees paid to the Army are negotiable
- TechLink guides businesses through evaluation and licensing; services provided at no cost