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3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Textiles have excellent thermal properties for use in high temperature aerospace and aircraft applications. Easily sewn into blankets or other configurations, Nextel™ Ceramic Fabrics are the only solution to some high temperature problems.

Examples of Aerospace Applications

Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Fabrics meet NASA's high temperature requirements for shuttle launch and reentry.

  • Engine Protection: Nextel™ Woven Fabrics are used in the Delta II rocket to protect the liquid engine from the plume of the solid boosters.
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Delta II blankets

  • Pressurized Gas Line Protection: Nextel™ Braided Sleeving is used in the Minuteman Rocket to protect pressurized gas lines against the heat and flames resulting from the rocket plume.
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Minuteman rocket

  • Lightweight Thermal Protection: Nextel™ Ceramic Fabrics are used as gap fillers in between tiles to minimize thermal exposure to the underlying structure. Because they are durable and lightweight, Nextel™ Chopped Ceramic Fibers are also used in underbody tiles.
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Ceramic fibers

Whipple Shield

Examples of Aviation Applications

Boeing Fan Cowl

  • Thermal insulation for wire harnesses: Nextel™ Rovings can be overbraided for complex applications. Less complicated applications may use braided sleeving.
  • Gaskets
  • Seals
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Nextel™ Textiles for Outerspace Applications Brochure (PDF, 328Kb)

Ceramic Fiber Products for High Temperature Aviation Applications Brochure (PDF, 245Kb)

Blankets for Aircraft Firewalls- Applications Brochure (PDF, 21Kb)

For more detailed information on compositions, applications and use temperatures, refer to the 3M™ Nextel™ Technical Notebook.

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