Fire Poi, What is KEVLAR (R) ?

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DuPont ™ KEVLAR ® brand fiber is made by Dupont .


KEVLAR ® is one of the most important manmade organic fibers ever developed. Because of its unique combination of properties, KEVLAR ® is used today in a wide variety of industrial applications. KEVLAR ® para-aramid fiber possesses a remarkable combination of properties that has led to its adoption in a variety of end-uses since its commercial introduction in the early 1970's.

Fibers of KEVLAR ® consist of long molecular chains produced from poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide. The chains are highly oriented with strong interchain bonding which result in a unique combination of properties

General Features of KEVLAR ®

  • High Tensile Strength at Low Weight
  • Low Elongation to Break High Modulus (Structural Rigidity)
  • Low Electrical Conductivity
  • High Chemical Resistance
  • Low Thermal Shrinkage
  • High Toughness (Work-To-Break)
  • Excellent Dimensional Stability
  • High Cut Resistance
  • Flame Resistant, Self-Extinguishing

Because of some of these features a KEVLAR ® weave is ideal for using as a FIRE WICK for holding fuel.

Other uses of KEVLAR ®

  • Ropes that secure the airbags in the crucial landing apparatus of the Mars Pathfinder
  • Small-diameter, lightweight ropes that hold 22,000 pounds and help moor the largest U.S. Navy vessels
  • Shrapnel-resistant shielding in jet aircraft engines that will protect passengers in case an explosion occurs
  • Run-flat tires that allow for greater safety because they won't ruin the rim when driving to the nearest assistance
  • Gloves that protect hands and fingers against cuts, slashes and other injuries that often occur in glass and sheet metal factories
  • Kayaks that provide better impact resistance with no extra weight
  • Strong, lightweight skis, helmets and racquets that help lessen fatigue and boost exhilaration

KEVLAR ® when used as part of the wick material

There are a number of variants of weaves for belts or "wicks" containing KEVLAR ® brand fibre.

KEVLAR ®/Steel/Cotton, KEVLAR ®/Cotton and KEVLAR ® coated glass fiber threads are used in a number of different weave configurations to produce different characteristics depending on what the end product will be used for.

These configurations effect the wear, absorption(when used for wick) and strength of the end product.

As you have seen above there are many uses for KEVLAR ® and you will notice that there are many different KEVLAR ® products being offered to fire performers by a number of well known and not so well known suppliers. This is good because you can choose the product that best fits your requirements and purse, but you do need to be properly informed of the make-up of the wick to make your buying decision.

Using the word KEVLAR ®

DuPont ™ and KEVLAR ® are registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and its affiliates.

Use of the KEVLAR ® brand in any printed brochures, catalogues, packaging, exhibition mediums, websites, Internet pages, or any other materials is not permitted without a license from DuPont.

The word KEVLAR ® must always be distinctive from the surrounding text every time it is used by capitalising every letter in the KEVLAR ® brand name, and accompany the "®" symbol to show its registration status every time the word appears. If the "®" is not available on a keyboard then "(R)" or 'R' are allowed.
Home of Poi holds such a license from DuPont ™

How to get permission to use the KEVLAR ® brand name

To use the KEVLAR ® brand you must gain a license from the Trademark Administrator in your region.

Contact details are available from the www.kevlar.com website

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