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Lightweight, high-strength flame and heat shielding and structural reinforcement for composites.


3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Textiles for Aerospace

Imagine a fabric strong enough to protect against flame … shield satellites from micrometeorite impact … and even withstand the blazing heat of a space shuttle launch. Proven in both flight and in space, 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Textiles have long been used as flame and heat shielding materials in civilian and military aircraft and spacecraft.

Nextel ceramic fibers and textiles are designed to meet the toughest thermal, mechanical and electrical performance requirements, including FAA criteria for aircraft firewalls and NASA standards for shuttle launch and re-entry. Nextel ceramic textiles can withstand extremely high temperatures and are extraordinarily durable, yet are also flexible and lightweight. They provide consistent and reliable performance in mission-critical applications from aircraft wiring insulation to engine firewalls and spacecraft micrometeorite shields. Nextel ceramic fibers are also used as structural reinforcements in advanced metal and polymer composite materials, imparting high temperature resistance for load-bearing applications.

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Applications for Nextel ceramic fibers and textiles

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Innovating Oxide-Oxide CMCs

Take a look at our newest innovation in this space, 3M™ Nextel™ Towpreg, designed to work with automated composite manufacturing and provide a pathway to lower part costs.

Video highlighting 3M™ Nextel ™ Towpreg

Nextel into Aerospace Resources

From high temperature applications to structural reinforcement, learn more about how you can leverage Nextel ceramics fabrics and composites in many aerospace applications for more information about specific products, view the nextel product catalog.


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