Handbook of Fire Resistant Textiles book cover

Handbook of Fire Resistant Textiles

Given its importance to consumer safety, fire resistant textiles are one of the fastest growing sectors in industrial textiles. Handbook of fire resistant textiles provides a comprehensive review of the considerable advances that have occurred in the field of fire resistant textiles in recent years. It draws together scientific and technical expertise from around the world to produce an important source of current knowledge on fire resistant textiles and their use for protection in hostile environments.

Part one provides an overview of fire resistant textiles. Chapters discuss burning and combustion mechanisms of textile fibers, chemical modification of natural and synthetic fibers to improve flame retardancy, multi-component flame resistant coating techniques for textiles, care and maintenance of fire resistant textiles, along with the safety, health and environmental aspects of flame retardants. Part two covers different types of fire resistant fibers and fabrics, including flame retardant cotton, wool, ceramic fibers and blends, composites and nonwovens. Part three reviews standards, regulations, and characterization of fire resistant textiles. Part four includes case studies of major applications of fire resistant textiles.

The Handbook of fire resistant textiles is an invaluable resource for a broad spectrum of professionals in the textiles and apparel industries, including textile and garment manufacturers, engineers, researchers, designers, developers and buyers.

Material scientists who specialize in fire safety of materials; Any industry with fire safety needs that uses textiles in some part of the construction (aerospace, mass transport, automotive, furniture, etc.); Academics, researchers and students studying textile science and textile chemistry

Hardbound, 704 Pages

Published: May 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-123-9


  • The comprehensive coverage provided in this authoritative handbook imparts a major state-of-the-art review of fire-resistant textiles., International Dyer
    The handbook is highly recommended for textile research scientists, engineers and technologists, as well as garment buyers, designers and manufacturers involved with fire-resistant textiles., International Dyer


  • Part 1 Overview of fire resistant textiles: Combustion processes of textile fibres; Burning mechanisms of fibres; Chemical modification of natural and synthetic textile fibres to improve flame retardancy; Multi-component flame resistant coating techniques for textiles; Care and maintenance of fabrics used for flame resistant personal protective equipment (PPE); Safety, health and environmental aspects of flame retardants. Part 2 Types of fire resistant fibre: Flame resistant cotton; Flame resistant manmade cellulosic fibres; Flame resistant wool and wool blends; Flame resistant ceramic fibres; Flame resistant composites and nanocomposites; Flame resistant nonwoven fabrics. Part 3 Testing and regulation of fire resistant textiles: Selection of flame resistant protective clothing; Flame resistant clothing standards and regulations; Characterizing comfort properties of flame resistant fabrics and garments; Physiological impact of flame resistant clothing: Managing heat stress; Flame retardancy testing and regulation of soft furnishings. Part 4 Applications of fire resistant textiles: Flame resistant textiles for flash fires; Flame resistant textiles for structural and proximity fire fighting; Flame resistant textiles for electric arc flash hazards; Flame resistant textiles for molten metal hazards; Flame resistant textiles for transport applications; Flame retardant fiber-reinforced composites.


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