Wear-grade thermoplastic

Nov. 1, 2010
The polyaryletherketone-based polymer outperforms polyimides and polyamide-imides in wear applications.

WG102 wear-grade, polyarylether ketone (PAEK)-based compound, produces parts that cost less and are lighter than similar metal, polyimide (PI), and polyamide-imide (PAI) parts. The polymer also has a 50% lower coefficient of friction compared to PI and PAI so it heats up less and wears longer. WG102 retains dimensions, strength, and stiffness up to 572°F with 25 to 75% lower wear rates.

The polymer resists chemical including service fluids and contains no polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Its melt-flow characteristcs allow thin-walled component design and the ability to consolidate complex parts, to reduce part costs. The polymer works with standard injection molders without postprocessing and is recyclable.

 Victrex USA, Inc., 300 Conshohocken State Rd., Suite 120, West Conshohocken, PA 19428, (484) 342-6001, www.victrex.com

About the Author

Jessica Shapiro

Jessica serves as Associate Editor - 3 years service, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University.

Work experience: Materials engineer, The Boeing Company; Primary editor for mechanical and fastening & joining.

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