Fabrics

Aramid (Nomex®, Kevlar®)

Advantages:

Aramids are synthetic fabrics that were formulated to resist high degrees of heat, ignition and abrasion. Initially designed for aerospace applications but they are now common in both commercial and industrial applications. They can resist strong bases, bleach, organic solvents; along with moths, mildew and insects.

Limitations:

Aramid fabrics are restricted by sunlight and other sources of UV exposure and can be expensive.

Cotton

Advantages:

Cotton is a natural material that is typically resistant to heat, organic solvents, bleaches and strong alkali. It has the ability to blend well with other materials to achieve desired properties that the material may intrinsically lack.

Limitations:

Cotton has restricted resiliency and elasticity. The fibers are damaged by exposure to acid, mildew and insects. Untreated cotton is attacked by prolonged exposure to weather and sunlight and poorly resists ignition.

Fiberglass

Advantages:

Fiberglass provides an excellent resistance to ignition, sunlight, weather, insects and mildew. It provides good strength and is resistance to some chemicals.

Limitations:

Not recommended for applications requiring mechanical action and has a low resistance to abrasion.

Nylon

Advantages:

Nylon can display excellent abrasion resistance, high durability with good elongation and resilience. Nylon can resist most strong bases, dilute acids, solvents, insects, fungi and mildew.

Limitations:

Nylon is soluble in strong acids. When exposed to low moisture levels Nylon is likely to develop and hold a static charge.

Polyester

Advantages:

Polyester can offer good resistance to weathering and abrasion. It has low creep and good electrical insulation properties. It is resistant to acids, alkalis and basic industrial solvents.

Limitations:

Polyester readily absorbs oil and dirt. It is considered to be flammable. Similar to Nylon, when exposed to low moisture levels it can develop and hold a static charge.

Rayon

Advantages:

Rayon has moderate abrasion resistance, dry strength and resistance to acids and alkalis. It will not build or hold static electricity.

Limitations:

Rayon exhibits poor strength, elasticity and weather resistance. These qualities prevent Rayon from use in many industrial applications.

Silk

Advantages:

Silk has good inherent strength. It is resistant to mildew, fungi and many bacteria.

Limitations:

Silk is attacked by rot-producing bacteria, acids and strong alkalis. It provides poor flame resistance and will stay ignited until flame source is extinguished..

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