What Are Common Industrial Uses of Kevlar?

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Kevlar is often used as a protective material in bulletproof vests.
Kevlar is often used as a protective material in bulletproof vests. (Image: NA/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Kevlar is an extremely strong polyamide from the nylon family of materials that is being used in an increasingly large number of industries. It was first developed in a Dupont laboratory when a strong and heat resistant material was needed for use in automobile tires. It is now being used everywhere from space industries to boats to aircraft in a variety of ways.

Aircraft and Space

Kevlar is currently used in a variety of applications in both airlines and spacecraft. It is used as a protective material in airplane cockpits in case of debris or an emergency landing. It is used in fuel systems to create stronger lines that will not break as easily. Kevlar has many uses in commercial airlines in a variety of parts as well as in high-speed aircraft used by the U.S. government.

Automobiles

Kevlar was initially created as a material to be used in automobile tires to prevent damage along with wear and tear. The material is still used in this application, as well as in many engine parts that need to have a high heat resistance and tensile strength. Kevlar is also used in engines and fuel lines in high performance race cars that require strength and heat resistance.

Watercraft

Many boats have parts made out of Kevlar. It is used in boat hulls of many types of watercraft, as well as in some canoes made entirely out of the material. These canoes are resistant to being punctured by rocks are other elements in nature. Windsurfing vessels and sailboats often have sails made out of Kevlar due to the fact that it is difficult to tear, even in high winds.

Other Uses

Kevlar is used in many other industries to make such items as badminton and tennis rackets, helmets and bulletproof vests. It can also be used to make gloves that are extremely strong and resistant to being torn or cut. Blankets made out of Kevlar are used to protect individuals from blasts from explosions or fire. As Kevlar continues to gain in popularity, it will likely be used in many other industrial applications.

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