Fire Resistant Performance Wear

Organization: Milliken & Company, Bulwark FR
Co-Developer(s): Allison Bloodworth, Principal Developer, Bulwark, Drew Child, Principal Developer, Milliken & Company, Than Emery, Principal Developer, Milliken & Company, J. Travis Greer, Principal Developer, Milliken & Company, Robert Grimes, Principal Developer, Bulwa
Year: 2014

2014 R&D 100 Winner Roughly one million workers today are required to wear protective, fire-resistant (FR) garments in the U.S. However, because these protective garments are often heavy and uncomfortable, workers are reluctant to wear them and burn accidents are still commonplace. The iQ Series Comfort Knit Amplitude G2 Flame Resistant Fabric from Milliken & Company and Bulwark FR was designed to combine comfort with strong FR characteristics. It provides flash fire and arc flash protection while delivering three comfort attributes: lighter weight, breathability and moisture management.

The overall composition of the iQ Series is a 69:25:6 cotton, polyester and podlon mix. The hydroxyl functional groups of the cotton, which provides comfort and strength, serve as covalent attachment points for the cross-linked chemistry. Micro-denier polyester was chosen for against-the-skin comfort and has been highly integrated to suppress its melt characteristics. Podlon is an olybenzoxazole fiber that is inherently FR. The iQ Series FR chemistry is halogen-free, metal-free and relies on the oxidation of phosphorous, when burned, to create non-flammable nitrogen gas. The result behaves more like performance wear than a heavy, stiff, uncomfortable uniform.

Technology Flame-resistant fabric

DevelopersMilliken & CompanyBulwark FR

Development Team

Milliken & Company's iQ Series Comfort Knit Amplitude G2 Flame Resistant Fabric development team (l-r): Jack Spoon (Milliken), Drew child (Milliken), Travis Greer (Milliken), Jim Rogers (Milliken), Robert Grimes (Bulwark FR), Allison Bloodworth (Bulwark FR), Angie Wilson (Bulwark FR), Rajib Mondal (Milliken), Eric Mossbrook (Milliken), Warren Gerhardt (Milliken).

















The iQ Series Comfort Knit Amplitude G2 Flame Resistant Fabric Development Team Allison Bloodworth, Principal Developer, BulwarkDrew Child, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyThan Emery, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyJ. Travis Greer, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyRobert Grimes, Principal Developer, BulwarkChris Holcombe, Principal Developer, BulwarkKeith Keller, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyRajib Mondal, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyEric Mossbrook, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyJim Rogers, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyDavid Smith, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyJack Spoon, Principal Developer, Milliken & CompanyDenise Statham, Principal Developer, BulwarkPetr Valenta, Principal Developer, Milliken & Company