Why is Nylon strong?
Nylon is a widely used material made from synthetic polymers or otherwise, known as plastics. Usually made from petroleum, it was first marketed in the manufacturing industry on February 28, 1935 by a researcher named Wallace Carothers. It was first used in 1938 in making a nylon-bristled toothbrush. And then on, nylon became useful during the Second World War to make parachutes,vests, tires, tents, ropes and other military supplies. Until today, nylon remains to be useful as it is utilized for meat wrappers and sheaths.
An alternative to silk, nylon is made through a process called ring opening polymerization. In this process, molecules that are naturally in cyclic shape, is opened, flattened and mixed chemically. Nylons are then evened out into thin strands and extruded in a threads. Its thin, long and smooth fibers provide the light weight property of nylon. Primarily composed of the basic elements of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen, nylon is produced in the absence of water. The strength of nylon comes from a compound group called amide. Amide groups have large molecules that have the characteristics of bonding together very well. Along with its regular shape, nylon exudes such tensile strength because aside from its chemical composition, nylons undergo processes of heating and cooling that allows its molecules to settle and bond further. This property of nylon allows fabrics to be made with higher resistance to intense forces.
Nowadays, nylon is almost used for various purposes throughout the world. Because of its light weight, incredible strength, durability and high damage resistance, it has somehow replaced the use of silk, especially in making fabrics. With its wide range of applications, the discovery of nylon has indeed made an impact, not just in the manufacturing industry, but also on man’s way of living.