Non-woven Metalized Fabrics-what are their uses?Randy Mitchell
Non-woven Metalized Fabrics-what are their uses? The concept of a non-woven metalized fabric is hard to grasp. They are not made by weaving or knitting. They consist of Nylon 6.6 fibers. These fibers are NOT converted to yarns. The fibers are pin bonded together in a three-dimensional matrix. This process yields a uniform fabric with dimensional stability, and high tear and tensile strength. The fabric can be plated with Silver, Copper, Nickel, and Tin. These varied metal platings yield different electrical or physical properties. This gives the user a “range” to select the fabric that meets their specific needs! Coatings such as surface protectants and adhesive may also be applied.
Non-woven Metalized Fabrics-what are their uses? Non-woven metalized fabrics are used in many ways. Their largest use is in RFI/EMI shielding applications. They are terrific in high frequency shielding and can offer a wide range of shielding effectiveness. Non-woven fabrics can also be cut and adapted well. This adaptability makes them excellent in cable shielding and gaskets. When used in cable shielding, they prevent RF “cross talk”. Gaskets made of these fabrics stop RFI/EMI “penetration”, sealing small openings. Non-woven fabrics will not fray like woven fabrics do when cut. This feature makes them great in use as conductive tapes.
Non-woven Metalized Fabrics-what are they used for? Another interesting use for these fabrics is in Architectural Shielding. They can be used in RF protected secure rooms. In this specific application, the fabric is used as wallpaper. This “RF Shielding wallpaper” protects secure communications from electronic eavesdropping! We’ve covered a different kind of metalized textile in this post. The Non-Woven metalized fabrics have some different characteristics than the woven metalized fabrics. Both types of fabric share excellent conductivity and shielding characteristics. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about any of our Conductive Metalized Textiles. We can help you find the right conductive textile for your needs!
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