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Nylon

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on 16 November 2015

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Transcript of Nylon

How Its Made
Common Uses
Produced
Nylon:
The Grandfather of Fibers
Sources
React together two fairly large molecules using moderate heat and pressure in a reaction vessel
Hexane-1,6-dicarboxylic acid (also called adipic acid) and the other is known as 1,6-diaminohexane (also called hexamethylenediamine)
Fuse together to make an even larger molecule
Gives off water in a chemical reaction known as condensation polymerization
The large polymer formed in this case is the most common type of nylon—known as nylon-6,6
Molecules from which it's made each contain six carbon atoms
Usually this chemical process produces a giant sheet or ribbon of nylon that is shredded into chips, which become the raw material for all kinds of everyday plastic products
Pushed through fine holes to become string fiber

First uses were women's stockings and toothbrushes
Now it can be found in tennis rackets, parachutes, inexpensive machine gears, fishing lines, nylon rugs, and even car parts
http://www.explainthatstuff.com/nylon.html
https://books.google.com/books?id=zpMw7kB3EWQC&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84&dq=how+much+nylon+was+produced+in+2010&source=bl&ots=vr-_Lbwen5&sig=aIEKEy5O94U8V0116ipyJwJgB8s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEoQ6AEwB2oVChMIsO362_2TyQIVFP1jCh3G5we_#v=onepage&q=how%20much%20nylon%20was%20produced%20in%202010&f=false
In 2010, 4.8 million tons of nylon was produced
That's like 800,000 elephants put together
Nylon Production Video
By Rachael Schock
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