Chapter 3


Fasteners are various types of devices designed to hold parts or components together or allow them to be held open or closed. The most common designs are hook and loop fasteners (VelcroŽ), snaps, grommets, and slide fasteners (zippers).

Of all these, VelcroŽ and grommets play a major part in parachute manufacture. The use of VelcroŽ is primarily for protector flap closure designs, while grommets are for use in pack closing systems. Both fasteners are subject to extreme wear and tear in their normal use. Consequently, routine maintenance involves the repair and replacement of these items. [Figures 3-84 through 3-88]



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