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KEVLAR® - GENERAL PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

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Kevlar® is a liquid that is converted into a fibre (called aramid fibres) and then woven into a textile material. The resulting textile material is extremely strong, lightweight, corrosion and heat resistant. It is often used in combination with other materials, forming composites. It has a wide range of uses. Kevlar® was developed at DuPont in the 1960s.

Kevlar® has a high tensile strength to weight ratio, far exceeding steel and even specialist metal alloys, such as magnesium alloys, used in aerospace engineering.

For this reason it is used extensively in the manufacture of panels and wings for fighter jets, including the Eurofighter Typhoon. During the manufacture of Formula One racing cars, Kevlar® is used for the bodywork and petrol tank. Kevlar has many other uses.
 
 
 
More practical applications of Kevlar® are shown below.
 
 
 
 
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