As a critical design component in material applications that need long-term dimensional stability, Vectran™ LCP fiber performance is superior to competitive materials. These characteristics are important in applications like sailcloth, halyards, bowstring, marine cables and robotic tendons.
Abrasion test comparisons of Vectran™ and aramid braids were conducted by a high-performance rope and cable company using the test shown.
With or without a marine finish on the braid, Vectran™ outperforms aramid materials.
Fatigue resistance can be measured using the rope and cordage industry standard known as the yarn-on-yarn abrasion test (Cordage Institute test method CI-1503). This test simulates abrasion of adjacent yarns inside a rope or ropesplice during flexure. Using this test, the combination of wet and dry abrasion resistance by Vectran™ outperforms competitive materials like aramids and HMPEs.
|Vectran™ T97, 1500D||16,672||21,924|
|Aramid 1, 1500D||1,178||705|
|Aramid 2, 1500D||1,773||759|
|Aramid 3, 1500D||974||486|
Test method CI-1503: 1.5 wraps, 500g load, 66 cycles/min, no twist.
|Test Load||500 g||500 g||800 g||800 g|
1500 denier yarns, no twist, 1 wrap