ArmorED UHMWPE high-modulus polyethylene fiber
ArmorEDTM 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.
ArmorEDTM UHMWPE 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 ArmorEDTM UHMWPE fiber to have a much higher melting temperature (150°C or 300°F) than standard polyethylene.
ArmorEDTM 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.
Specification and Technical Data of ArmorEDTM Ultra High Molecular Weight PE Fibers
• 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
Contrasting Character between ArmorEDTM UHMWPE and other Industrial Fibres