Created by Stephanie Kwolek, DuPont™ Kevlar® is a heat-resistant para-aramid synthetic fiber with a molecular structure of many inter-chain bonds that make Kevlar® incredibly strong. Best known for its use in ballistic body armor, Kevlar® also has many other applications because of its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio.
The chemical structure of Kevlar® is comprised of several repeating inter-chain bonds. These chains are cross-linked with hydrogen bonds, providing a tensile strength 10X greater than steel on an equal weight basis.
Due to the fully extended and perfectly aligned molecular chains within Kevlar® fiber, Kevlar® provides a strong protective barrier against slashes, cuts and punctures.
Kevlar® is inherently flame resistant—protecting against thermal hazards up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, Kevlar® fibers won’t melt, drip or support combustion.
DuPont™ Kevlar® emerges as a standout material, renowned for its unique properties that make it highly suitable for motorcycle riders. From high strength to exceptional abrasion and heat resistance, yet lightweight, Kevlar delivers unparalleled performance in protective gear.