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MFA Acc. #: 1999.671


[Invista, formerly DuPont Textiles] A registered trademark for a spandex (Polyurethane) fiber that is produced as a continuous filament. Lycra was introduced in 1959. It is available in a wide range of yarn sizes with denier from 40-2240. It has excellent stretch and recovery properties and is one of the most durable elastic fibers available. Lycra is used for girdles, swimwear, surgical hose, and athletic clothes. Chlorine in swimming pools can cause slow degradation of the fibers.


Synonyms and Related Terms

spandex; licra (Esp.); Lycra (Ned);

Other Properties

Soluble in hot dimethyl formamide. Moisture regain = 0.3% Elongation 500-700%. Cross section = round and fused at random points.

Melting Point 230

Hazards and Safety

Combustible, but self-extinguishing.


Additional Information

Lycra: Website


Properties of Synthetic Fibers


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