Strength When You Need It the Most
DuPont™ Kevlar® is a para-aramid fiber developed by Stephanie Kwolek in the early 1960’s. Kevlar wasn’t introduced commercially until 1971. The chemical name of the brand Kevlar is Ploy-paraphenylene terephthalamide and was developed while researchers were looking for a light but strong fiber for use in tires in anticipation of a gas shortage and lack of petroleum by-products. The nearly accidental discovery that Kevlar solution could be spun to produce strong fiber gave rise to modern polymer science.
Kevlar has many applications in the world today such as tires, racing sails and body armor. Given its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio (5 times stronger than steel), it is also ideal for the manufacture of protective fabrics that are heat and abrasion resistant.