DuPont unveils Kevlar-elastomer composite in Canada
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A new composite material comprised of an elastomer and DuPont's Kevlar pulp was launched June 23 at DuPont's Resear...
A new composite material comprised of an elastomer and DuPont’s Kevlar pulp was launched June 23 at DuPont’s Research, Development and Engineering Centre in Kingston, Ont.
Target applications include automotive components, motorcycle and bicylce tires, hoses and belts, seals and gaskets, rubber-covered rolls, pump liners, diaphragms and molded goods, the firm said.
Kevlar fibre is well-known for its usage in bullet-resistant apparel, and research has shown that combining an engineered elastomer with Kevlar has improved the peformance of auto tires. Improvements included better ride and handling, reduced rolling resistance and heat generatation and increased durability, the firm said.
Increased durability was shown also in bicycle and motorcycle tires meaning tires made of this new composite could last longer.