Improve equipment reliability in some of the most challenging environments on earth—and beyond.
From rocket boosters and racecars to industrial furnaces and fuel cells, look to 3M™ Nextel™ Ceramic Fibers and Textiles to enable and protect critical equipment when the heat is on.
Both lightweight and durable, Nextel ceramic fibers and textiles are designed to meet today's most demanding thermal, mechanical and electrical performance requirements. Made of continuous ceramic oxide fibers, Nextel products are available in a variety of forms, including chopped fibers, sewing threads, braided sleevings and woven fabrics.
Nextel products retain their strength and flexibility at temperatures up to 2372ºF (1300ºC), outperforming the useful limits of other high temperature textiles. With a combination of low thermal conductivity, thermal shock resistance and electrical resistance at high temperatures, Nextel products offer a proven solution for fire protection, seals and other heat resistant components.
Nextel ceramic fibers are used as structural reinforcements in a variety of metal, ceramic and polymer composites, making them stiffer and stronger. Nextel structural ceramic fibers offer high creep resistance, low shrinkage and very high compressive strength. Suitable for load-bearing applications, the resulting composites withstand higher temperatures than metals, at a lighter weight.
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Used in spacecraft for heat shielding and impact protection, Nextel products also offer reliable performance in civilian and military aircraft in applications ranging from firewalls to CMC exhaust components.
Nextel textiles are used to fabricate a wide range of shields, protective covers and other heat resistant devices for furnaces, steel production, investment casting and other high temperature processes.
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.