Nylons offer extremely good wear resistance, coupled with high tensile strength and modulus of elasticity. They also have high impact resistance, a high heat distortion temperature, and resist wear, abrasion, and vibration. In addition, nylons can withstand sustained contact with a wide variety of chemicals, alkalies, dilute acids or oxidizing agents.
Another important factor, both economically and mechanically, is the relative light weight of nylon — approximately 1/8 the weight of bronze, 1/7 the weight of cast iron, and 1/2 the weight of aluminum — which reduces both the inertial and static loads and eases the handling of large components during maintenance or replacement procedures.
Other uses include:
- Machine screws and gears
- Ladies nylon stockings
- Tents, ropes and ponchos