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The effects of seawater and concentrated salt solutions on the fatigue of nylon 6,6 fibres

M. C. Kenney, John F. Mandall, Frederick McGarry
MITSG 87-16J

Cyclic fatigue and creep rupture tests have been run on high-tenacity nylon 6,6 single fibres, yarns and small ropes in air and seawater environments. Fatigue failure in each case is by a creep rupture mechanism; yarns and small ropes show the same fatigue sensitivity as do single fibres. Seawater reduces the strength by approximately 10% under most conditions. Concentrated metallic salt solutions which cause environmental stress cracking in bulk nylon do not degrade the fibres beyond the effect of plain water. Tests on oriented nylon specimens show that environmental stress crack sensitivity is greatly reduced by orientation.

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