Fluoropolymer solutions offer improved performance of thermoplastic materials
August 26, 2019
Advanced fluoropolymer solutions including Fluon resins and Fluon+ enhanced materials and compounds improve the performance of thermoplastic materials. These material science solutions are ideal for enhancing strength, heat tolerance, adhesion, impact resistance and flexibility of materials used in thermoplastic composite applications.
AGC will feature the following performance polymers for the composites industry at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) Sept. 24-26, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Modified PEEK (polyether ether ketone) is enhanced with specialty fluoropolymers to improve impact and wear resistance, flexibility and electrical properties. AGC’s mPEEK can be used to produce different geometries such as sheets, rods, tubes, gears, liners, wire and cable insulations, and film that better withstand demanding operational conditions. Compared with standard PEEK, mPEEK improves processability via extrusion molding, injection molding and compression molding. These functionalized compounds demonstrate a lower dielectric constant than standard PEEK at high temperatures up to 260 °C. The specialized fluoropolymer technology can potentially work in other polymers for property enhancement.
Fluon+ EA-2000 resin is a functionalized high-temperature adhesive polymer that offers the ability for one-step processing with other polymers and metals such as titanium and copper. This resin adds value by eliminating the need for surface treatment or a separate tie-layer. It is heat resistant to 260 °C and features superior chemical resistance, equivalent to other conventional materials. Fluon+ EA-2000 resin is ideal for continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) applications requiring high temperature. Fluon+ EA-2000 in powder form can be used as an additive to engineering thermoplastic polymer matrices such as polyamide to add more flexibility, impact resistance and reduced water absorption. Fluon+ EA-2000 can also be used as the primary matrix resin for high-temperature CFRTP applications when polyamide and epoxy are unsuitable.
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