design guide

Superior Performance

For applications that include unique or demanding requirements, a high performance polymer often provides an effective material and design solution.

From mechanical to unique thermal properties, high performance polymers provide design engineers with
valuable design and end use options.

Performance Attributes Include:

  • Chemical resistance
  • Conformability
  • Dimensional stability
  • Flexibility
  • Injection moldable
  • Lightweight
  • Metal replacement
  • Noise reducing
  • Self lubricating
  • Temperature extremes

End Use Applications Include:

  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Retainers
  • Thrust plates
  • Thrust washers
  • Rotary seal rings
  • Gears
  • Poppets

Application Environments Include:

  • Valves
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Fuel systems
  • Transmission
  • Steering systems
  • Suspension systems
  • Torque converters

This performance and cost illustration is a partial list depicting the spectrum of low-end to high-end performance materials.

high-end performance materials

ABS acrylonitrilebutadienestyrene
FP fluoropolymers
HDPE high density polyethylene
LCP liquid crystal polymers
LDPE low density polyethylene
PA-4,6 polyamide-4,6
PA-6/6,6 polyamide-6/6,6
PAI polyamideimide (Torlon®)
PAR polyarylate
PBT polybutylene terephthalate
PC polycarbonate
PE-UHMW ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene
PEEK polyetheretherketone
PEI polyetherimide
PES polyethersulfone
PET polyethylene terephthalate
PI polyimide (Aurum®)
PMMA polymethyl methacrylate
POM polyoxymethylene (also polyacetal)
PP polypropylene
PPA polyphthalamide
PPC polyphthalate carbonate
PPO polyphenylene oxide
PPS polyphenylene sulfide
PPSU polyphenylsulfone
PS polystyrene
PSF polysulfone
PVC polyvinyl chloride
PVDF polyvinylidene fluoride
SAN styrene acrylonitrile
SMA styrene maleic anhydride
TPI thermoplastic polyimide