Radiation Damage Resistance

LCPs are transparent to microwave energy and are virtually unaffected by high levels of radiation. Vectran shares this characteristic and is stable in high X-ray exposure environments.

Sample Twist (t/m) Denier (dtex) Before Exposure Tenacity (g/d) Elongation (%)
Vectran HT 80 1,696 28.9 3.8
Vectran UM 30 1,589 23.9 2.6
Standard Aramid 30 1,748 22.7 4.5
Sample Twist (t/m) Denier (dtex) After Exposure Tenacity (g/d) Elongation (%) Strength Resistance (%)
Vectran HT 80 1,691 28.4 4.3 98
Vectran UM 80 1,599 26.3 3.1 110
Standard Aramid 80 1,705 24.4 4.3 108

Source: Soft X-ray
Amount of radiation exposure: 9.6xE+06 (mR/h at 1m)
Exposure time: 30 minutes

This energy is equivalent to the 1800 times levels used in medical soft X-ray photography.