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Explosive Ordnance Disposal

DuPont™ Nomex® and DuPont™ Kevlar® Protective Designs for Explosive Ordnance Disposal

The challenges of bomb disposal impose multiple requirements such as blast, heat, fire and fragment protection. The design of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit, which also needs to ensure maximum mobility and dexterity to the user, is therefore complex and demands scrutiny in assessing the capabilities of all elements used.

Flame resistance
Today, only inherent flame-resistant materials such as Nomex® and Kevlar® are fully adequate for EOD suits. Nomex® is a prime choice for a flexible and comfortable inner and outer layer material that will help provide protection against heat and flame hazards.

Blast protection
Blast protection depends mainly on the proper use and positioning of semi-rigid and rigid ballistic protection elements that will contribute to deviate the blast wave. Kevlar® fabrics, laminates and panels are designed to help provide the required flexible, semi-rigid and rigid ballistic fragment protection.

Ballistic performance
The ballistic performances for different body parts are tailored to optimise protection versus mobility and dexterity needs. EOD suits will generally offer maximum protection levels in the torso area and lower levels of protection for the limbs.

Flexibility of design
DuPont has developed ballistic scaling rules that can help manufacturers design to specific threat requirements using ballistic elements made of Kevlar® fibre.

Comfort and ergonomics
The combination of Nomex® and Kevlar® fibres helps manufacturers design an ergonomic suit that addresses the multi threat protection levels, yet balances fit, protection and comfort.

Value-in-use
Nomex® and Kevlar® offer unique material combinations for EOD suit designs helping to allow for an appropriate balance of price and performance.
 

 

 

Kevlar® and Nomex® Changed Protection

DUPONT BRANDS

  • Nomex® brand

    Whenever thermal protection is needed, only one fiber comes to mind — Nomex®. For over 40 years, workers across industries have relied on the inherently flame-resistant properties of Nomex® to help keep them safe from the hazards they face on the job.

INFORMATION & IDEAS

  • Nomex Innovation Highlights release

    Recognising the importance of innovation, quality and authenticity, DuPont, leaders in personal protection, will be displaying a range of its partners products that have received the respected ‘DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award’ at this year’s A+A show.

  • Nomex Partner Programme for A+A Launch

    DuPont is internationally renowned for its high-quality, intelligent flame resistant fibre, DuPont™ Nomex®.

  • DuPont launches next-generation multi-hazard protection: Nomex® MHP

    With a global reputation for innovation and development in inherent, multi-hazard protection for a variety of thermal hazards, DuPont has announced the launch of the new Nomex® MHP fabric – Multi-Hazard Protection. It represents the next-generation of protection against heat and flame, arc flash and small molten metal splashes for industrial areas.

  • DuPont Launches Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue

    Recognising that today’s customers are always looking for quick, simple and convenient solutions, DuPont has launched its new Online Nomex® Garment Catalogue – a dedicated site that showcases a complete range of garments containing Nomex®.

  • Nomex Innovation Highlights release

    Recognising the importance of innovation, quality and authenticity, DuPont, leaders in personal protection, will be displaying a range of its partners products that have received the respected ‘DuPont™ Nomex® Innovation Award’ at this year’s A+A show.

  • DuPont™ SafeSPEC™ - facilitating garment selection

  • Cost Effectiveness of Nomex®

    DuPont™ Nomex® fibre is a highly cost-effective solution in terms of cost per wear thanks to its exceptional durability.

  • Electric Static Discharge Protection Nomex®

    Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can lead to the generation of sparks with energy levels sufficient to ignite possible surrounding vapours, aerosols of flammable liquids or dust particles, leading to an explosion.

  • Nomex® Moisture Management Benefits

    Fabrics and garments made of DuPont™ Nomex® help enable light-weight solutions with excellent moisture management.

  • Nomex® Garment Weight Benefits

    Typical protective fabrics made of Nomex® fibres can be up to 40% lighter than cotton and cotton-blended fabrics which were treated with flame-retardant chemicals.

  • PPE Round Table Debate on Heat Stress

    DuPont hosted a Round Table Debate at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue headquarters to encourage a discussion about topical issues regarding PPE in the Fire and Rescue sector. Part 1 of the debate focuses on heat stress.

  • Chemical Splash Protection Nomex®

    Chemical hazards can occur in conjunction with thermal hazards, such as accidental splashes of chemical products onto protective clothing, or through leakages of chemical products.

INDUSTRY SEGMENTS

  • Military Protection

    DuPont has over two centuries of experience in providing military forces with critical materials. Our cutting edge technologies and materials continue to help provide leading edge protection for military personnel all over the world including military armour made with DuPont™ Kevlar® fibre.