Dyneema® Composite Fabric provides unmatched performance for outdoor applications

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The unique features of Dyneema® Composite Fabric (DCF) make it an ideal material for outdoor applications such as tents and backpacks. Our business is supported with internal application testing labs in Singapore, the Netherlands and USA but to investigate these properties in more detail we have also partnered with the National University of Singapore, where there are complementary capabilities for evaluating, these sometimes difficult to test, ultralight composite materials. The first results of our joint studies are presented in this article.

In comparison to traditional silicone coated nylon fabrics, widely used in tents, Dyneema® Composite Fabrics exhibit superior tensile strength in both warp and weft directions. For instance, comparing 10D silnylon @ 28.5gsm with CT2E.08 @ 25.9gsm, CT2E.08 is 5 times stronger at 10% lighter weight. In addition, all grades of Dyneema® Composite Fabric materials have highly consistent strength in both warp and weft directions as compared to silnylon with more variable tensile strengths. 

Dyneema® Composite Fabric has very little stretch; this is consistent in both warp and weft directions. This is highly unique and allows for the design of outdoor products where the very low stretch brings differentiated characteristics to the ultra-light tents and backpacks. For example, tents made from Dyneema® Composite Fabric have no trouble standing up to high winds and rain in the outdoor environment.

The strength to weight ratio is interpreted by dividing the tensile strength of the material by its areal density. As shown in the figure below, Dyneema® Composite Fabrics have a far superior strength-to-weight ratio than silnylon and make them a highly unique fabric for tents.

Are you interested in learning more about the performance characteristics of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics? If so, please contact me directly. 

Zhi-Yi Li
Application Development Manager at DSM

Published on

09 February 2022

2 min


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