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Polyamide (PA, Nylon)

PA (Nylon) Material Properties and Applications

Polyamide or PA, better known as nylon, is a workhorse thermoplastic whose strength, temperature and chemical resistance allow it to perform under intense conditions. Nylons, or polyamides, are macromolecules with repeating units linked by amide bonds. Polyamides occur both naturally (proteins such as silk and wool) and artificially. Artificially made polyamides, such as nylon, aramids and sodium polyaspartate, can be made through step-growth polymerization or solid-phase synthesis. In addition to nylon resin’s strength and durability, it is easy to process and modify, and one of the easiest and most widely recycled. Nylon resin is commonly compounded with fillers or minerals to achieve additional properties at a lower cost without sacrificing performance.

Characteristics and Properties
  • Excellent mechanical strength and stiffness
  • Heat resistance
  • Dimensional stability
  • Gamma radiation resistance
  • Lightweight (can be metal replacement)
  • Impact performance/toughness
  • Good insulating properties
  • Creep resistance
  • Durability
  • UV resistance
Popular Applications
  • Rope
  • Clothing
  • Seatbelts
  • Engine covers
  • Dashboards
  • Power tool housings
  • Cookware
  • Lawn and garden
  • Healthcare

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