Dyneema fabric is a type of high-performance material found in many high-end outdoor products, such as boats, parachutes, and backpacks. Dyneema is made through polyethylene crystallization and is often called “the world’s strongest fiber.”
Regarding its strength, there are two main types of Dyneema fabric: Ultramid Aramid (UM-A) and Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE). UM-A has lower tensile strength than UHMWPE but more resistance to abrasion and impact. Both materials have excellent tear resistance and low weight compared with other fabrics used in similar applications, such as nylon or polyester. Here’s what you need to know about this durable, high-tech fabric:
What is Dyneema Fabric?
Dyneema is a high-strength, lightweight, and ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (HMWPE) fiber manufactured by DSM.
Dyneema fabric is used in various aerospace, marine, military, sports, and leisure applications. You can combine it with other fibers in composite materials to improve strength while maintaining or reducing weight. This makes it ideal for fishing lines where light weight and durability are essential.
How is Dyneema Created?
Dyneema is manufactured by spinning ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) filaments into yarns, which are then woven or knitted into fabrics. The resulting materials are lightweight and robust.
What is a Composite Fabric?
A composite fabric is a fabric that consists of two or more materials. The most common composite fabrics are woven, knitted, and coated. Composite fabrics can be classified into three main types: traditional (woven), nonwoven (continuous filament), and laminate (film).
Dyneema is a high-performance product made from a high-strength fiber and a matrix material. DSM Dyneema BV has developed it for use in the marine industry and other sectors where exceptionally lightweight but strong materials are required.
Dyneema Uses & Benefits
Dyneema cordage has many uses and benefits in the marine, aerospace, military, and construction industries. The main advantage of Dyneema is that it’s lighter than steel cable or chain but just as strong, which means you can save on weight when you use it.
Dyneema has been used extensively in fishing nets over the last few years because it allows for lighter nets with increased durability compared to heavier materials like nylon or polyester, which stretch out more easily when wet or under tension from large fish trying to escape from their capture devices; this also makes them easier for anglers who use long-line methods because they don’t need as much rigging equipment (example: monofilament).
Who Manufactures Dyneema Fabric?
Dyneema is the registered trademark for a high-strength polyethylene fiber developed by DSM Dyneema (now Avient). The original Dyneema was produced under license from DSM by Toray Industries, which now has its brand of high-strength polyethylene fibers called T-401 and T-505, with strength ratings similar to those of the original Dyneema.
Other manufacturers have also begun producing fabrics based on this technology, such as TenCate’s Zylon and Teijin’s extra strong polyethylene (ESPE).
Dyneema & Similar Fabrics from Canvas ETC
Dyneema fabric is a lightweight fabric created from ultra-strong fibers woven together in a composite construction. This unique material offers high strength without increasing weight due to its high tear and low abrasion resistance and its ability to absorb impact without breaking down under heavy-use scenarios like chemical spills or oil fires. It also protects against hazardous contaminants like bloodborne pathogens because of its non-absorbency properties!
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For wholesale inquiries on Dyneema fabric, please visit Canwil Textiles, our wholesale division.