Ceramic Fiber Textiles
What Are Ceramic Fiber Textiles?
Ceramic fiber textiles refer to woven or non-woven fabrics made from ceramic fibers. Made of alkaline earth silicate or alumina ceramic fibers which can withstand high temperatures up to 1,600°C continuously. Ceramic fiber textile comes in the form of cloth, veils, jackets, sleeves, ropes, braids, mats, papers, etc. Additionally, ceramic fiber textile helps significantly reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency in hot systems up to 30% or more.
How Many Characteristics Of Ceramic Fiber Textiles?
- High temperature resistance as up to 1,600°C and 2,000°C.
- Ceramic fiber tape is chemically inert, non-reactive and resistant to damage from high heat, flames, corrosive fumes, moisture, and industrial chemicals.
- Excellent insulation efficiency as low thermal conductivity, around 0.05 W/m.K.
- High temperature strength provides good tensile strength, durability and heat resistance.
- Most ceramic fiber textile comes pre-sized and uncured, ready for use as-is without complex cutting, shaping or fitting required.
- Non-combustibility – as non-combustible (zero flame spread) or have high fire resistance (Class A).
- Ceramic fiber rope provides significant lifetime savings through lower energy costs, extended equipment life.
Safety Considerations When Working With Ceramic Fiber Textiles
Some important safety considerations when working with ceramic fiber textile include:
- Skin irritation: Some ceramic fiber types or additives may be irritating to skin.
- Training: All personnel working with ceramic fiber textiles should be properly trained on associated hazards, safe work practices, and use of protective equipment to minimize risks.
- Dust/fiber inhalation: Ceramic fibers can become airborne as dust or loose fibers, which poses a risk of inhalation exposure if proper precautions are not taken.
- Sharp edges: the ceramic fiber textile has rough, sharp or abrasive edges that can cut skin.
- High temperature: Ceramic fiber textile is as designed and used at extremely high heat, so direct contact or proximity to hot surfaces should always be avoided without proper precautions.
- Disposal: Removal and disposal of used ceramic fiber insulation also needs to consider hazards from contamination, airborne fibers and sharp edges.