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Victrex Peek polymer performance technology enables industry to develop lighter aircraft

News International-French

30 Jan 2012

The manufacturer of high performance polyaryletherketones and supplier of thermoplastics to the composites industry, will showcase its latest product and technology innovations at this year’s JEC Composites Show in Paris, France.

Victrex  Peek polymer-based materials is used in aerospace, automotive and other demanding industries to successfully replace metals to enhance application performance, lower costs and satisfy stringent safety and environmental regulations.
Represented in Victrex  booth at JEC are thin, durable APTIV® films that are readily available and increasingly being used to replace PVF film to reduce weight and improve performance in numerous applications. These lightweight versatile films are available in a broad range of thicknesses and widths. They provide very good permeation barrier properties with low moisture absorption as well as excellent flame, smoke and toxicity performance. APTIV film laminates meet FAA requirements for radiant panel testing and specialized burn-through barrier systems.
Durable, thin-wall Victrex Pipes, based on Victrex Peek polymer, are the latest innovation from Victrex to be exhibited at JEC. Victrex Pipes offer a broad range of properties including chemical, corrosion, abrasion and permeation resistance at high temperatures, in a flexible format. For the aerospace industry, it offers significant weight savings of up to 68% when compared to stainless steel. Additionally, they are inherently halogen-free with low levels of smoke and toxic gas emissions.
According to Victrex, their Peek polymer’s outstanding mechanical properties and processability make it an excellent solution for a wide range of thermoplastic composites in aerospace, oil and gas, medical and industrial applications. Available in fiber, powders, film and filaments, they provide the optimum impregnation to the fiber system and optimize the performance of the fiber-matrix interface. Examples are multi-axial fabric laminates, and unidirectional (UD) tapes and sheets. Advantages include reduced manufacturing and maintenance costs, longer service life, good recyclability, processability and performance when compared to metals, thermosets and most other thermoplastic materials. Up to 50% weight reduction can be realized over metals and metal alloys with more than five times the specific strength of typical metals and alloys used in aerospace applications.


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