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Last edited 17 Dec 2019
Nylon in construction
Nylon is a polymer which has a molecular structure built up from a large number of similar units bonded together based on aliphatic or semi-aromatic polyamides. The first nylon was produced by DuPont in 1935.
Nylon is a thermoplastic material that can be used for a wide range of applications in the construction industry. When heated it can be moulded into a range of shapes or films, or it can be drawn into fibres. It is is used in sheets, rods, tubes, pipes, screws, washers, bolts, spacers, safety nets, plumbing fittings, and so on. Its fibres can be woven together to produce a silky and lightweight fabric that can be used in carpeting, canopies, sheets, and so on.
The advantages of nylon include its strength, durability, high pressure-bearing capacity and corrosion resistance. It also has a low coefficient of friction meaning that it can be used in applications that involve rotation or sliding with little or no lubrication.
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