What is PEEK?
PEEK is a high performance engineering thermoplastic. This material is tough, strong, and rigid and has superior creep resistance. PEEK can resist radiation and a wide range of solvents. PEEK resins are available in unreinforced, 30% glass-fiber reinforced, 30% carbon-fiber reinforced, and HPV-reinforced grades.
What makes this product unique?
PEEK is extremely resistant to high temperature and has excellent chemical and fatigue resistance with thermal stability. It has superior mechanical and electrical properties with a maximum continuous working temperature of 480°F. It has chemical and water resistance to higher temperatures (continuous to 480°F (250°C)). PEEK also has a V-0 flammability rating and unfilled PEEK is FDA compliant.
Other benefits of PEEK include:
– Low smoke and toxic-gas emission
– Excellent fatigue, stress-crack, hydrolysis and chemical resistance
– Continuous service temperature of 500º F
– Superior creep resistance
– Very low moisture absorption
When and where is it typically used?
It is an excellent material for a wide array of applications where thermal, chemical, and combustion properties are critical to performance. Typically you would see PEEK used in a variety of industries including: marine, nuclear, automotive, medical, oil-well, aerospace industries and electronic applications. The addition of glass fiber and carbon fiber reinforcements can enhance the mechanical and thermal properties of basic PEEK.