1964 Kevlar

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Stephanie Kwolek materials science




There are many applications for Kevlar, including cryogenic suspension structures, personal and military armor, safety gloves, sleeves, and jackets, motorcycle safety clothing, safety gear for other sports, shoes and laces for sports, inner lining for bicycle tires, table tennis paddles and rackets for tennis, badminton, and squash, racing boat sails, loudspeaker cones, archery bow strings and bows for string instruments, drumheads, woodwind reeds, fire dancing wicks, non-stick frying pans, ropes and cables, protective sheath for optical fiber cables, electricity-producing clothing (potentially), brake pads, reinforced rubber expansion joints and hoses, smartphone cases, wind and water turbine blades, helicopter rotor blades, bodies for racing cars and kayaks, cricket bats, sticks for hockey and lacrosse, and, potentially, lunar and martian sky-hooks.

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