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Fiber Facts

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Comparative characteristics of various fibers used in ropes..

 

NYLON

POLYESTER

POLYPROPYLENE

MANILA

SISAL

COTTON

Tenacity (grams/denier)

9.0

8.55

6.5

5-6.0

4-5.0

2-3.0

Strength: Wet vs. Dry

85-90%

100%

100%

up to 120%

up to 120%

up to 120%

Floats

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Resistance to Rot, Mildew and Chemicals

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Degradation:

Resistance to UV in Sunlight

 

Resistance to Aging for Properly Stored Rope

 

Good


 

Excellent


Excellent


 

Excellent


Good


 

Good


Good


 

Good

 


Good


 

Good


Good


 

Good

Rope Shock Load Absorption Ability

Excellent

Good

Very Good

Poor

Poor

Very Poor

Elongation at:

20% of break Strength

 

75% of break Strength

 

20-25%

 

42%

 

16-18%

 

29%

 

18-22%

 

37%

 

10-12%

 

19%

 

10-12%

 

19%

 

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Common Uses

Tie Downs,

Lashing and Load Binding

Pulling, Stretching, Lashing, Binding

Tie Downs,

Lashing and Load Binding

Winches,

Capstans,

Recycling , Bundling, Gardening

Lead Line,

Animal Halters,

  

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