Nylon 4/6– Characteristics, Pros, and Cons

In the world of engineering thermoplastics, nylon comes up often. It’s a highly versatile material that can be modified into many different types to serve different purposes. For commercial applications, the types of nylon used are nylon 6, nylon 4/6, nylon 6/6, nylon 6/10, nylon 6/12, nylon 11, and nylon 12. The numbers in these different types of nylon refer to the ratio of carbon atoms in the diamine and dibasic acid monomers which are used during the manufacturing process.

One of the most used nylon types commercially is nylon 4/6. If you’re looking for a metal replacement, then nylon 4/6 is a very strong choice. This is due to its high heat resistance, ductility, and strength. It can meet the same needs that metal serves, at a lower cost. It’s also easily processed, so it won’t be a pain to work with no matter the product you’re using it to make. Not only is it easily processed, but it’s also easily modified so it can suit your specific production needs. The strength of nylon 4/6 can be increased to 5 times its base strength, and 10 times its stiffness. The use of lubricants also can help greatly with wear resistance.

Pros of Nylon

  • High heat resistance
  • Stiffness
  • Strength
  • Good replacement for high cost/high temperatures compounds
  • Strong chemical resistance, especially against hydrocarbons

Cons of Nylon

  • When exposed to high heat, nylon 4/6 will darken in color
  • Against strong acids and bases, nylon has a weak chemical resistance
  • Has high water absorption
  • Once it has absorbed water, it will cause a dimensional change

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