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Fluoropolymer

A fluoropolymer is a Polymer that contains atoms of fluorine. It is characterized by a high resistance to solvents, acids, and bases.

Fluoropolymers were discovered serendipitously in 1938 by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett. He was working on freon (for the DuPont corporation) and accidentally polymerized tetrafluoroethylene. The result was P.T.F.E. (polytetrafluoroethylene), more commonly known as Teflon. This material had the lowest coefficient of friction of any known solid and was inert to virtually all chemicals.

Examples of fluoropolymers:

  • P.T.F.E. polytetrafluoroethylene, e.g. Teflon
  • P.F.A. perfluoroalkoxy Polymer resin, e.g. Teflon
  • F.E.P. fluorinated ethylene-propylene, e.g. Teflon
  • E.T.F.E. polyethylenetetrafluoroethylene e.g. Tefzel, Fluon
  • P.V.F. polyvinylfluoride e.g. Tedlar
  • E.C.T.F.E. polyethylenechlorotrifluoroethylenee.g. Halar
  • P.V.D.F. polyvinylidene fluoride e.g. Kynar
  • P.C.T.F.E. polychlorotrifluoroethylene, e.g. Kel-F, CTFE
  • F.F.K.M. e.g Kalrez, Tecnoflon, FFKM
  • F.P.M. / F.K.M. e.g. Viton, Tecnoflon
  • P.F.P.E. Perfluoropolyether e.g. Fomblin, Galden

    Fluoropolymers may be mechanically characterized as Thermosets or thermoplastics. They are often applied to manufactured metal parts by electrostatic powder coating, or attached in large sheets with epoxy to line the interior of large metal and non-metal containers.


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    Glossary of Extrusion Materials & Terms

    A.B.S.
    Acrylic
    Altec
    Chemical Hose
    Coextrusion
    Compression Set
    Cord
    Cutting
    D.E.H.P.-free PVC
    D.O.P.-free PVC
    Die
    Dioctyl phthalate-free PVC
    E.P.D.M.
    Elastomer
    Extruder
    Extrusion
    F.E.P.
    F.K.M.
    F.V.M.Q.
    Flouroelastomer
    Flourosilicone
    Fluorocarbon
    Fluoroelastomer
    Fluoropolymer
    Fluorosilicone
    Gaskets
    H.D.P.E.
    Hose
    L.D.P.E.
    L.L.D.P.E.
    M.D.P.E.
    Masterbatch
    Medical Tubing
    N.B.R.
    Natural Rubber
    Neoprene
    Nitrile P.V.C.
    Nitrile Rubber
    Nylon 12
    Nylon 6
    Nylon 66
    P.A.
    P.B.T.
    P.C.
    P.E.T.
    P.E.X.
    P.F.A.
    P.M.M.A.
    P.P.
    P.T.F.E.
    P.U.
    P.U.R.
    P.V.C.
    P.V.C.U.
    Peristaltic Pump Tubing
    Peroxide Cured Silicone
    Phthalate-free PVC
    Pin
    Plastic
    Plasticiser
    Platinum Cured Silicone
    Polyamide
    Polycarbonate
    Polychloroprene
    Polyester
    Polyethylene
    Polymer
    Polyolefin
    Polypropylene
    Polythene
    Polyurethane
    PolyVinylChloride
    Profile
    Quality Assurance
    Rigid P.V.C.
    Rubber
    S.P.C.
    Santoprene
    Seals
    Silicon Rubber
    Silicone Rubber
    Strip
    Synthetic Rubber
    T.P.E.
    Teflon
    Thermoplastic
    Thermoplastic Elastomer
    Thermoplastic Rubber
    Thermoset
    Tubing
    U.H.M.W.P.E.
    U.P.V.C.
    V.L.D.P.E.
    Vacuum sizing
    Vinyl
    Viton
    X.L.P.E.