Technora is an aramid that is useful for a variety of applications that require high strength or chemical resistance. It is a brand name of the company Teijin Aramid. It was also used to suspend the NASA Mars rover Opportunity from its parachute during descent. It will be used again in the parachute for the Mars 2020 rover.
Technora is produced by condensation polymerization of terephthaloyl chloride (TCl) with a mixture of p-phenylenediamine (PPD) and 3,4'-diaminodiphenylether (3,4'-ODA). The polymer is closely related to Teijin Aramids's Twaron or DuPont's Kevlar. Technora is derived from two different diamines, 3,4'-ODA and PPD, whereas Twaron is derived from PPD alone. This relatively simple process uses only one amide solvent, and therefore spinning can be done directly after the polymer production.
Major industrial uses
- Automotive and other industries:
- Linear tension
- Personal protective equipment
- Poi (performance art)
- Dietrich, Tamara. "Supersonic parachute for Mars 2020 rover to test-launch from Wallops". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
- Stephanie Kwolek, Hiroshi Mera, Tadahiko Takata “High-Performance Fibers” in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry 2002, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a13_001