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Plastic selection query

Plastic selection query

Plastic selection query

Hi guys,

I'm a mechanical engineer with not a lot of experience in the plastics selection arena! Looking for some guidance and help in working through selecting a plastic. Specifically I am looking for a thermoplastic with the following properties:

- Good UV stabilization
- good mold flow
- Resistant to contaminants such as salt water, oils and other common chemicals
- Good flammability rating
- Very high impact strength and tensile strength at break

The material will be used in marine applications and will be sitting on a boat for its lifetime. I have checked out some of the materials database searches and plastics like Ultradur, Xantar, Zytel, Grivory etc from what I understand do pretty well.

Initially, nylon based polymers looked good. But we have had a few issues with getting the exact characteristics we want out of the plastic. Any suggestions or pointers in any other directions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance

RE: Plastic selection query

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RE: Plastic selection query

Have a look at PBT - better chemical and UV than Nylons (although Grivory is a PPA/PA blend which will be good too).
Many manufacturers of PBT and all it's various grades.



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RE: Plastic selection query

Cheers for the responses guys.

Have tentatively looked at PBT (specifically the Crastin range) and its looks excellent. Possibly falls down on the UV stability when adding flammability requirements into the mix. Its just a matter of trawling through numerous datasheets and contacting suppliers at this stage.

Another question I have regarding surface finishes of plastic parts. I am looking at Makroblend as a possible solution however I am looking for a matte finish as opposed to gloss. Are there any good reference sites for looking at the different surface finishing techniques? Any common polymer specific processes for finishing of the parts to achieve desired characteristics?


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