A synthetic fiber that is part of the NYLON (POLYAMIDE) family.  Aramid is short for Aromatic Polyamide.  META-ARAMIDS (NOMEX) exhibit very high heat resistance and PARA-ARAMIDS (KEVLAR) exhibit very high strength as well as high heat resistance.  Other brand names include TWARON, TECHNORA, and HERACRON.

References for this information:

Handbook of Nonwoven Filter Media, 2007, Pages 103-194

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