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Armored UHMWPE Fiber Filaments

Armored® UHMWPE fiber is used in numerous high-performance applications, including police and military ballistic-resistant vests, helmets and armored vehicles, as well as sailcloth, fishing lines, marine cordage, lifting slings, and cut-resistant gloves and apparel.

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Product Details:

Armored® HMPE (also named UHMWPE) high-modulus polyethylene fiber is one of the world’s strongest and lightest fibers. A bright white polyethylene, it is, pound-for-pound, ten times stronger than steel, more durable than polyester and has a specific strength that is 40 percent greater than Kevlar® / Twaron® aramid fibers.

Armored® HMPE fiber is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene that is used in a patented gel-spinning process. Polyethylene is a remarkably durable plastic, and scientists at Compass Technologies have captured the tremendous natural strength in the molecular backbone of this everyday plastic to create one of the world’s strongest and lightest fibers. The gel-spinning process and subsequent drawing steps allow the Armored® HMPE fiber to have a much higher melting temperature (150°C or 300°F) than standard polyethylene.

Armored® HMPE fiber is used in numerous high-performance applications, including police and military ballistic-resistant vests, helmets and armored vehicles, as well as sailcloth, fishing lines, marine cordage, lifting slings, and cut-resistant gloves and apparel.

Specification and Technical Data of Armored® Ultra High Molecular Weight PE Fibers

Product Characteristics:

  • Light enough to float (0.97 specific gravity)
  • High resistance to chemicals, water and ultraviolet light
  • Excellent vibration damping
  • Highly resistant to flex fatigue
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Good resistance to abrasion
  • Low dielectric constant makes it virtually transparent to radar


Applications (
Class I):

  • Flexible and ultra light-weight panels for police and military ballistic vests
  • Specialty aerospace applications, including radomes and space tethers
  • Ultrafine fishing line and kite string
Article No. 200D/39 400D/38 600D/37
Weight / Unit Length Denier 200 400 600
Decitex 220 440 660
Ultimate Tensile Strength (g/den) 39 38 37
(Gpa)
Breaking Strength (lbs)
Modulus (g/den) 1400 1300 1300
(Gpa)
Elongation (%) 2.8 2.8 2.8
Density (gr/cc)
(lbs/in³)
Filament /tow 80 240 240
Filament (dpf) 2.5 1.7 2.5

Deniers # 50/250/300/350 are also available.

Applications (Class II):

  • Police and military ballistic vests and helmets
  • Composite armor for vehicles and aircraft
  • Marine lines and commercial fishing nets
  • Industrial cordage and slings
  • Sailcloth, fishing line and other sporting equipment
  • Cut-protection products
Article No. 800D/35 1200D/34 1600D/33
Weight / Unit Length Denier 800 1200 1600
Decitex 880 1320 1760
Ultimate Tensile Strength (g/den) 35 34 33
(Gpa)
Breaking Strength (lbs)
Modulus (g/den) 1200 1100 1100
(Gpa)
Elongation (%) 3.0 3.2 3.2
Density (gr/cc)
(lbs/in³)
Filament /tow 240 400 480
Filament (dpf) 3.3 3.0 3.3

Applications (Class III):

  • Marine ropes
  • Commercial fishing nets
  • Industrial cordage & slings
  • Law-enforcement & military helmets
  • Cut-protection products
Article No. 1800D/31 2000D/31 2400D/31
Weight / Unit Length Denier 1800 2000 2400
Decitex 2000 2220 2660
Ultimate Tensile Strength (g/den) 31 31 31
(Gpa)
Breaking Strength (lbs)
Modulus (g/den) 1000 950 900
(Gpa)
Elongation (%) 3.5 3.5 3.5
Density (gr/cc)
(lbs/in³)
Filament /tow 480 620 620
Filament (dpf) 3.75 3.2 3.9

NOTE:

  • Specific performance is dependent upon denier and filament counts.
  • Denier – A unit of fineness for rayon, nylon, and silk fibers, based on a standard mass per length of 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn.
  • Other specs are available per requirement.

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