Electro-conductive fabric for EMI shielding applications
The manufacturer of metal fiber products for a wide range of applications NV Bekaert SA, Brussels/Belgium, creates together with customers, independent research partners and in-house research facilities constantly new solutions.
Bekinox fibers and yarns for the anti-static, heatable, conductive, shielding and cut-resistant textile market will be shown at the Techtextil.
The electro-conductive fabrics for EMI shielding applications are patented fabrics consisting of a blend of Bekinox stainless steel fibers and aramid fibers. The added value of Bekinox fabric is that it maintains low electrical resistance even after numerous washing cycles. This allows the production of protective garments that provide a long-lasting electromagnetic shielding performance and are comfortable to wear.
The conductive fabrics combine very good electrical conductivity and ﬂame-retardant properties, allowing the production of single layered garments. They are lightweight (approx. 270 g/m²), highly abrasion resistant and breathable, making them more comfortable to wear.
Garments made of this fabric protect the wearer against the hazardous effects of working near various sources of electromagnetic radiation e.g. power lines, transformers, switches and railway cables.
In line with a very good electrical conductivity, the fabrics obtain an electromagnetic shielding performance of 50dB over a broad frequency range.
The electrical resistance remains lower than 1 Ohm/square up to 30 washing cycles.