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Nylon Blues (hydroscopic behavior)

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  • dave santos
    Nylon has been one of out most important polymers in kites and parachutes. In fair-weather applications, or submerged, nylon has worked well; but for AWES,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2013
      Nylon has been one of out most important polymers in kites and parachutes. In fair-weather applications, or submerged, nylon has worked well; but for AWES, its tendency to absorb and hold about 10% moisture, by weight, is a severe disadvantage. Like cotton, nylon is stronger wet, and shrinks in drying.

      AWES operations in rain are an important wind capacity factor, and any excess weight is toxic to top performance. Water retention also makes nylon a better conductor, worsening lighting risk. Water resistance treatments tend to add cost and require periodic reapplication.

      Nylon will retain use as a low-cost shock-absorbing material in specific niche roles (load-limiting snubbers, safety netting, etc.).
       




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