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This study explores how a gaseous pollutant affects the long-term mechanical properties of nylon-6 fibres. It will be shown that the high-strength polymeric fibres degrade rather quickly when held under stress in the presence of NOx, a component of industrial pollution. Studies have been conducted on fibres, both bare and embedded in an epoxy matrix, that clearly demonstrate a synergistic effect of applied stress and NOx gas. It is observed that the combination of stresses of 50% of the ultimate fibre strength and a NOx concentration of 0.05% by volume will result in sample failure in less than half a day. This concentration is representative of NOx emitted in the exhaust of older-model cars. If these high-strength plastics are to be used in industrial or automotive applications where such pollutants would be present, this type of degradation should be taken into consideration for proper design.

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Mechanical properties of polymeric fibres exposed to stress in a NOx environment / L. V. Smith and K. L. DeVries // Polymer. – 1993. – Vol 34. – P. 546-550.

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