A synthetic polymer used in the manufacture of fibres.

Used in engineering to make gears and bearings, the oily nature means that friction is reduced between moving parts made from nylon.

Patented by Wallace Carothers, which he invented in 1934. Marketed by Du Pont in 1939.

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Density 1150 kgm-3Clip
Melting Point 470 KClip
Tensile strength 6E7 to 7E7 Nm-2Clip
Youngs modulus 2E9 to 3.5E9 Nm-2Clip
Linear expansivity 0.0001 K-1Clip
Specific heat capacity 1700 Jkg-1K-1Clip
Thermal conductivity 0.2 to 0.25 Wm-1K-1Clip
Dielectric constant 5 Clip
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See also: Adipic Acid.

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Subjects: Chemistry Materials