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Stretched PTFE tape. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a piece of stretched PTFE tape. PTFE tape (polytetrafluoroethylene) is used as a sealant in pipe joints, such as in plumbing. When a tensile load is applied, the tape stretches and assumes the fibrillar structure seen here. Magnification: x1200 at 6x7cm size.
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