chemistry in sports, spandex

KingDraw
May 14, 2024

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As temperatures rise, it’s time for water fun. Swimwear is essential, and spandex, known as “Lycra,” is a key fabric component. Invented by DuPont in 1958, spandex is an elastic fiber made from polyether-polyurea copolymers. It can stretch up to 600% and return to its original shape. It’s lightweight, smooth, durable, and static-free. In the 1968 Winter Olympics, French skiers first used spandex in their competition suits.

Due to its excellent elasticity, strength, wrinkle resistance, and quick-drying ability, spandex is widely used in sports apparel like tight-fitting garments, professional swimsuits, cycling gear, and gymnastics attire. In everyday clothing, spandex is added in small amounts to increase elasticity. For example, the elasticity in stretchy jeans comes from the spandex blended into the fabric.

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