Inorganic fibres with diam. <3 µm; length >5 µm and L/D >3/1 can enter human lungs and cause cancer. Carcinogenic potential also depends on chemical characteristics; but most ceramic fibres and other fibres being used to substitute asbestos are also now on the WHO index. 'Bio-soluble' fibres have been developed which dissolve in the lungs; but due to poor chemical resistance this is not a solution to the problems of HT process industries. The project therefore aims at developing an inorganic HT fibre with geometry and material properties far from the WHO limits. Temperature resistance will be up to 1400°C. In addition the properties will allow textile manufacturing with flexibility similar to heavy textile fibres. The project will comprise material and process development for fibres, fibre processing into technical textiles and application research. SMEs active in material, fibre and textile manufacturing, big industrial end users and research institutes will be involved.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
09596 Freoberg (Sachs)
4650 AC Steenbergen Nb
5612 AP Eindhoven
468 61 Desna