When the Industrial Revolution arrived, mechanized braiding equipment was invented to increase production. The braiding technique was used to make robes, with both natural and synthetic fibers, and coaxial cables for radios usingcopper wire. In more recent times it has been used to create a covering for fuel pipes in jet aircraft and ships, first using glass fibre, then stainless steel and Kevlar. Pipes for domestic plumbing are often covered with stainless steel braid.
Basalt can be braided into sleeves, as well.
The sleeve can be coated or surface treated with chemicals to alter general properties.
- Electrical Insulation
- Thermal Insulation
- Expandable Gasket
- Pipe wrap