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Developments

Areas for future development

Nylon’s abrasion resistance is extremely impressive, but it can be improved by coatings such as polyurethane, and the incorporation of high performance fibres such as Dyneema or Kevlar can increase its performance. Abrasion might not be improved, but puncture resistance, a related property, can certainly be improved. Cordura,  a market leader in abrasion resistant fabrics, continues to blend nylon 6 and nylon 66 with great success. 

The appropriately named  Superfabric  is a composite fabric of different fibres with overlaid armour plates. This means its penetration resistance and abrasion resistance are both significantly increased. There is much research that could be carried out into composite fabrics that would provide increased abrasion resistance.