Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Engineering Plastic PEEK Polyetheretherketone

PEEK is an abbreviation for polyetheretherketone, a high performance engineering thermoplastic. It is another engineering plastic which is widely used in machine components since it has very good mechanical strength and dimensional stability, excellent thermal and chemical resistance properties and outstanding resistance to abrasion and dynamic fatigue. Its yield strength is about 92 MPa. Its density is about 1.32 g/cm3 which is 1/6 of steel.

It is a strong and stiff thermoplastic material that is often used in applications where performance at high temperatures is required. PEEK has outstanding chemical resistance as well as resistance to hot water and steam. PEEK is insoluble in all common solvents and is extremely resistant to attack by a very wide range of organic and inorganic chemicals. PEEK can be used continuously to 250°C (for short term, it can operate at 300°C) and in hot water or steam without permanent loss in physical properties. It also has high abrasion and cut through resistance combined with low coefficient of friction. So it is used a lot in sliding applications such as bearing, guide, etc. Unlike Polyamide or Nylon, PEEK has excellent hydrolysis resistance. It has very low moisture absorption.

Applications: Gears, wear strips, bushes, metering pumps, pump housings, light mountings, friction bearings, ball valve seals, wafer supports, plug parts.

PEEK is naturally tan in color and can be pigmented with a wide range of colors, allowing for easy part identification.

Features:
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Inherently good wear and abrasion resistance
  • Unaffected by continuous exposure to hot water or steam. Very good hydrolysis resistant, even against super heated steam
  • Very good dimensional stability
  • High thermal mechanical bearing strength
  • Creep resistant
  • Low smoke and toxic gas emissions.
  • Excellent resistance against high energy radiation. Absorbing more than 1000 M rads of irradiation with no significant reduction in mechanical properties

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