The Many Uses of Kevlar
The Many Uses of Kevlar
Contrary to popular belief, Kevlar has not been around for very long. Stephanie Kwolek who worked for DuPont made Kevlar. Kwolek did a lot of testing and was attempting to develop a stronger tire for DuPont to manufacture and sell during a gas shortage. Instead of revolutionizing the tire world, Kevlar revolutionized the entire world.
Kevlar is one of the strongest materials on earth. It is a fiber that when woven together has the five times the strength of steel. It has been in used in many products throughout the years and researchers are still finding new uses for it today. The inner lining of bicycle tires is made from Kevlar. The Kevlar lining helps the tires to last longer and to avoid being punctured. Kevlar is used on the interior of many ping-pong paddles. The Kevlar helps the ball to bounce off of the paddles further than the traditional paddles. Kevlar is also used in the back plates on some cellular phones. The Kevlar helps to protect the interior workings of the phone from becoming damaged if the phone is dropped. Clothing is currently using Kevlar to decrease the amount of injuries that are caused on the worksite. Gloves containing Kevlar save hands from scratches and nicks while boots with Kevlar toe lining protect the feet if something should fall on them.
The most popular and well-known way that Kevlar is used today is in body armour. There are many different forms of body armour that use Kevlar to keep someone safe and protected from small arms fire, large arms fire, and even knives. Kevlar is very lightweight so it does not bog someone down when they are wearing it. It is also very thin and fits into a carrier that is specially designed to protect the Kevlar. Kevlar cannot be exposed to direct sunlight. This will cause the fibers to lose their density and thus decrease the protective properties of the Kevlar. Kevlar cannot be exposed to liquid or it will begin to offer less protection, as well. The carriers are specifically designed to carry the Kevlar in the perfect place on someone’s body and to insure that the Kevlar does not become damaged while it is being worn.
When choosing a carrier for your Kevlar panel, it is a good idea to take the time to determine if you are going to wear the vest under or over your clothing. You may want to choose if you want the vest to have a zipper or if you are okay with the Velcro fasteners that traditionally come on a vest. The zippers are ideal for someone who is interested in taking their vest on and off frequently. The Velcro fasteners allow the vests to be adjusted to fit the body perfectly.
Kevlar has revolutionized the way the world manufactures items and how durable items are. There are many items that you may be using right now that have Kevlar in them and you do not even know it. It has been an invention that has made a global impact and will continue to do so for many years to come.