Nylons (Polyamides) Physical Properties
MatWeb has product data on over 7000 different entries for
nylon. This page will help you to navigate through MatWeb to find the
information that you need. The term 'nylon' was coined by DuPont, the company that orginally developed it, and is the primary nomenclature used in the USA. The term 'polyamide' (PA) derives from the chemistry of the polymer and is used in other parts of the world.
If you would like to scan the nylon entries in MatWeb, then the MatWeb Index Page is a good place to start. You can select 'Nylon' or various nylon polymers such as 'Nylon 12' or 'Nylon 610' and you will be presented with a list of descriptive names. Be aware that this is a very long list for the most common nylon polymers, Nylon 6 and Nylon 66. Many users begin their search by visiting MatWeb's nylon Overview pages - 'generic' polymer entries and give typical values that cut across the various manufacturers' nylon product lines.
You may also select from the drop-down lists of Nylon Manufacturers/Compounders or Nylon Trade Names available from MatWeb.
If you are looking for a nylon product with certain performance criteria , then MatWeb's Property Search Page is the place to start. You can select 'Nylon' from the list of category choices (or be even more restrictive and select only 'Nylon 6/66' or 'Nylon 12') along with the appropriate property choices. For example, if you have an application that demands flame retardant nylon grades with low water absorption, you can enter a minimum UL94 Flammability rating of V-2 and a maximum water absorption of 1% in your search criteria.
This same strategy can be used to find fiber-reinforced nylons. You can again select 'nylon' from the category box and specify a minimum ultimate tensile strength of 200 MPa, for example. This example returns over 500 nylon grades; generally only grades with at least 30% glass or carbon fiber reinforcement are strong enough to meet this tensile strength requirement. You can go one step further and eliminate the glass fiber reinforced grades by stipulating a maximum density of 1.25 g/cc. Now only about 30 carbon fiber reinforced nylon grades are returned - you can then review each of the complete property information datasheets, including properties such as tensile modulus, deflection temperature, or izod impact strength.
Users who choose to register with MatWeb can take advantage of even more powerful search tools in the Advanced Search page. This allows users to create complex searches from both text and property criteria.
Product Names from Nylon Manufacturers whose Products are included in MatWeb
If you want data
about a specific nylon product, you can enter its trade name or manufacturer in the Search box at the
top of any MatWeb page (see example below):