Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE)

Wide temperature range and excellent chemical properties
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  1. 01101010 PTFE plate natural (white)
    PTFE plate natural (white)
    Number of articles in this product: 16
  2. 01101020 PTFE N100 plate natural (white)
    PTFE N100 plate natural (white)
    Number of articles in this product: 16
  3. 01111111 PTFE 500 plate beige-brown
    PTFE 500 plate beige-brown
    Number of articles in this product: 2
  4. 01111110 PTFE 207 plate light beige
    PTFE 207 plate light beige
    Number of articles in this product: 7
  5. 01111021 PTFE 225 plate dull black (25% carbon dust)
    PTFE 225 plate dull black (25% carbon dust)
    Number of articles in this product: 9
  6. 01111020 PTFE 125 plate beige (25% fibre glass)
    PTFE 125 plate beige (25% fibre glass)
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Material properties of polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE)

PTFE (polytertrafluoroethylene) is a polymer with a linear macromolecular structure, created by polymerisation of tetrafluoroethylene. Its high viscosity as well as its high shear sensitivity do not allow thermoplastic processing using traditional techniques such as injection moulding and screw extrusion. PTFE is cold compression moulded and then sintered. Due to its unique combination of excellent properties, PTFE can be considered a special grade of engineering plastic.

Special features of PTFE include excellent chemical and hydrolysis resistance, good electrical insulation properties, an extremely low coefficient of sliding friction (lowest of all solids) and anti-adhesive surface properties. Furthermore, PTFE offers excellent UV and weathering resistance.

Special advantages of PTFE

The fact that PTFE is processed from ultra-fine powder as a press sintered part provides ideal conditions to produce compounds. PTFE alloys are therefore filled with mostly inorganic fillers, e.g. metal powders, to achieve very specific properties. The standard mixtures of PTFE compounds therefore have significant advantages regarding mechanical-thermal behavior:

- Increase of wear resistance

- Less deformation under load

- Lower thermal elongation

- Higher thermal conductivity

PTFE materials can be exposed to continuous operating temperatures of up to +260 °C and, with minimal mechanical stress, also briefly to peak temperatures of +280 °C. In this temperature range, there is no degradation of the structure (depolymerisation) which could change the properties. Even in the low-temperature range down to -200 °C, flexibility and elongation at break are virtually maintained. The coefficient of thermal expansion of PTFE reaches a peak at the glass transition temperature at +19 °C and reaches values which are otherwise only achieved at high temperatures.

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