3M Nextel Ceramic Textiles for high temperature applications are made of continuous polycrystalline metal oxide fibres with a filament diameter of 10 to 12 µ, based on sol gel technology. Their main advantages include low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability, low thermal conductivity as well as non-porous and non-hygroscopic characteristics.
These high-performance materials are designed to meet demanding thermal, mechanical and electrical performance requirements. They retain their flexibility even at continuous temperatures of up to 1,370 °C. Due to the continuous form, high strength and flexibility of the metal oxide fibres, they can be processed using conventional textile technology such as weaving and braiding. Nextel Ceramic Textiles are semi-finished products offered in the form of rovings, yarns, sewing threads, fabrics, tapes and braided sleevings.
Nextel Ceramic Textiles are used in a variety of applications, ranging from industrial, petrochemical, aviation and outer space applications to the development of continuous-fibre reinforced composite materials.