Material Information

Nylon is one of the most widely used plastics because of its extreme strength, wear resistance, and self lubricating properties. Nylons are also known to be resilient and non marring, have high impact resistance has a continuous operating temperature of about 180º F, and a relatively light weight that makes it ideal for use in mechanical and electrical hardware to ease maintenance and replacement procedures. Nylon is commonly used as a replacement for bronze, brass, aluminum, steel and other metals to reduce weight and noise from metal to metal contact. Nylon 6/6 has the tendency to absorb moisture but is the least permeable to gasoline/mineral oil/fluorocarbon-refrigerant, the strongest, and most widely used, of all nylons. Its high crystallinity results in a sharp melting point, making its mechanical properties less affected by temperature. It can be found in the form of rod, tubing, or plate.


  • Washers and stampings
  • Timing sprockets
  • Speedometer gears
  • Cooling fans
  • Wire connectors
  • Windshield wiper parts
  • Door-latch hardware
  • Molded fender extensions
  • Brake fluid resevoirs
  • Bearings
  • Business machines
  • Appliances
  • Industrial equipment


  • Light weight
  • Ability to operate without lubrication
  • High tensile strength
  • High elasticity
  • High heat distortion temperature
  • Resist wear, abrasion, and vibration
  • Can withstand sustained contact with a wide range of chemicals, alkalies, dilute acids, or oxidizing agents
  • Absorbs moisture
  • Low permeability to gasoline, mineral oil, and fluorocarbon-refrigerant


Astm Test Method

Nylon Type 6/6

Density (lb/in^3) D792 0.042
Specific Gravity D792 1.15
Water Absorption @ 24 hours (%) D570 0.3
Water Saturation (%) D570 7


Tensile Strength (PSI) D638 11,500
Tensile Modulus (PSI) D638 425,000
Tensile Elongation at Break (%) D638 50
Flexural Strength (PSI) D790 15,000
Flexural Modulus (PSI) D790 450,000
Compressive Strength (PSI) D695 12,500
Compressive Modulus (PSI) D695 420,000
Izod Impact (Notched), ft-lb/in D256 0.6
Rockwell Hardness D785 M85, R115


Coefficient of Thermal Expansion,
D696 5.5
Heat Deflection Temperature 264 psi, ºF D648 200
Melting Point, °F D3418 500
Continous Service Temp (Operating), °F 210
Thermal Conductivity, BTU-in/hr-ft² °F C177 1.7
Flammability Rating UL94 V2


Dielectric Strength, Short Term,
(Volts/Mil) @ .125″ Thick
D149 400
Volume Resistivity (ohm-cm) @ 73 ºF, 50%
D257 >10^13
Dielectric Constant at 60Hz D150 3.6
Dissipation Factor at 60 Hz D150 0.02


The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers' complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.