All About Parachute Cord

Paracord bracelets are primarily made of paracord, believe it or not.  This article from Wikipedia has all the information you’ll ever want to know about paracord.  After reading this article you’ll know more than 99% of the world population knows about paracord.
Paracord bracelets are great to have because they can be used in a variety of ways in emergency and life-threatening stations   You’ll understand why after reading this article.

Paracord Comercial Type III Coil

Paracord-Commercial-Type-III-Coil

Parachute cord (also paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.

While the U.S. military has no overall diameter requirements in its specifications, in the field 550 cord typically measures 532 inches (4 mm) in diameter.

Military usage

Despite the historic association of pararopes with Airborne units and divisions, virtually all US units have access to the cord. It is used in almost any situation where light cordage is needed.

Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth.

When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The yarns of the core (commonly referred to as “the guts”) can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival situation.

The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed such as when used as a boot lace. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying.

A typical 550 Cord bracelet.

In addition to purely utility functions, paracord can be used to fashion knotted or braided bracelets,lanyards, belts, and other decorative items.

Types

US Military issue paracord is specified by MIL-C-5040H in six types: I, IA, II, IIA, III, IV.[2] Types IA and IIA are composed solely of a sheath without a core. Type III, a type commonly found in use, is nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, thus the sobriquet ”550 cord”.

The US military specification for paracord outlines a number of parameters to which the final product must conform. Although it contains specific denier figures for the sheath strands and inner yarns, there are no overall diameter requirements for the cord itself. Below is a table of selected elements from the specification.

Type Minimum strength Minimum elongation Minimum length per pound Core yarns Sheath structure
I 95 lb (43 kg) 30% 950 ft (290 m; max. 1.57 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 16/2
IA 100 lb (45 kg) 30% 1050 ft (320 m; max. 1.42 g/m) <no core> 16/1
II 400 lb (181 kg) 30% 265 ft (81 m; max. 5.62 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 36/1
IIA 225 lb (102 kg) 30% 495 ft (151 m; max. 3.00 g/m) <no core> 32/1 or 36/1
III 550 lb (249 kg) 30% 225 ft (69 m; max. 6.61 g/m) 7 to 9 32/1 or 36/1
IV 750 lb (340 kg) 30% 165 ft (50 m; max. 9.02 g/m) 11 32/1, 36/1, or 44/1

Formula used to calculate Type III Specification:

[weight in ounces] × 14.0625 = [# of feet] …OR… [weight in ounces] = ( [# of feet] ÷ 14.0625 )

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parachute_cord

 

Tagged with:
Posted in About Paracord Bracelets

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>