PEEK plastics

PEEK (polyether-ether-ketone) is a high-performance thermoplastic often used in demanding engineering applications. PEEK has a track record of unmatched performance wherever components must retain excellent mechanical and chemical resistance properties at high temperatures.

This versatile, heat-resistant polymer comes at a higher price point than many other engineering thermoplastics. However, its exceptional thermal stability combined with excellent mechanical performance and chemical compatibility make PEEK a material that delivers tremendous value in the form of lightweight, long-lasting parts that can withstand especially challenging operating conditions.

 

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Thermal, mechanical, & chemical properties PEEK material properties
  •  A semi-crystalline material, PEEK has a sharp melting point rather than a broad softening range. Compared to amorphous plastics, PEEK components are unlikely to exhibit thermal degradation as temperatures rise. PEEK's exceptional thermal stability allows the material to maintain many of its other desirable performance qualities over a broad temperature range.

     

    PEEK heat deflection temperature (HDT)

    PEEK plastics exhibit excellent thermal stability with a heat deflection temperature of 160°C or 320°F.

     

    Maximum allowable service temperature for PEEK

    Ketron® 1000, a standard unfilled grade of PEEK, can withstand a continuous service temperature of 250°C or 320°F.

     
    PEEK glass transition temperature Tg

    PEEK has a glass transition temperature around 145°C or 290°F. 

     
    PEEK melting point

    Ketron® 1000 PEEK has a melting temperature of 340°C according to ISO 11357-1/-3 testing, or 644°F according to ASTM D3418 testing.

     
    PEEK thermal conductivity

    Thermal conductivity is a measure of a plastic's capacity to transfer heat via conduction. PEEK exhibits lower thermal conductivity than most engineering plastics. At 23°C (73°F), Ketron® 1000 PEEK has the following thermal conductivity values:

    • ISO - 0.25 W/(K.m)
    • ASTM - 1.75 BTU in./(hr.ft².°F)
     
    PEEK coefficient of linear thermal expansion

    The coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE) is used to determine the rate at which a material expands as a function of temperature.

    Compared with other common engineering plastics like PET, PTFE, and PEI, components made from PEEK exhibit a significantly lower CLTE over a broad temperature range.

    Creep resistance properties of PEEK

    Creep behavior testing is performed to predict the rate at which a material will deform under constant mechanical stress in a given temperature range.

    As seen the Isometric Time Curves graph, when exposed to many hours at high temperatures, it would take many times more stress to deform glass fiber-reinforced Ketron® GF30 PEEK than other common engineering plastics such as POM-H, PPS, PET, and PTFE.

  • An exceptionally strong and stiff plastic, PEEK plastics maintain their structural integrity even when repeatedly subjected to heavy loads, stress, and impact.

     
    PEEK density

    Ketron® 1000, a standard unfilled grade of PEEK, has a density of 1.31 g/cm³. 

     
    PEEK tensile strength

    PEEK plastics exhibit exceptional tensile strength, meaning the material can withstand high levels of stress before breaking. Ketron® 1000 PEEK has the following values for tensile strength, strain, and elasticity according to ISO 527-1/-2 and ASTM D638:

    • Tensile strength: 115 MPa or 16,000 PSI
    • Tensile strain at yield: 5% 
    • Tensile strain at break: 17%
    • Tensile modulous of elasticity: 4,300 MPa or 630 KSI
     
    PEEK hardness and impact strength

    PEEK plastic exhibits great hardness and resilience against impact. Ketron® 1000 PEEK has the following values for resistance to indentation and impact: 

    • Rockwell M hardness (ISO 2039-2): 105
    • Rockwell M hardness (ASTM D785): 100
    • Rockwell R hardness (ASTM 2240): 126 
    • Charpy impact strength (unnotched, ISO 179-1/1eU) - no break
    • Charpy impact strength (notched, ISO 179-1/1eA) - 3.5 kJ/m²
     
    PEEK flexural modulus and strength

    With a high flexural modulus and high flexural strength, PEEK plastics are indispensible in structural applications where both stiffness and load-bearing capabilities are essential. Unfilled Ketron® 1000 PEEK has the following values for flexural modulus and strength:

    • Flexural strength (ISO 178) - 170 MPa
    • Flexural strength (ASTM D790) - 25,000 PSI
    • Flexural modulus of elasticity (ASTM D790) - 600 KSI

     

  • Thanks to a low rate of moisture absorption and high thermal resistance resulting from its semi-crystalline structure, PEEK exhibits one of the widest ranges of chemical compatibility among engineering materials. PEEK is an excellent candidate for applications where the following types of chemicals are present:

    • Acids - e.g. chemical processing, battery components
    • Bases - e.g. chemical processing, water treatment 
    • Organic solvents - e.g. chromatography, chemical storage
    • Hydrocarbons - e.g. fuels, oils, lubricants 
    • Halogens - e.g. sterilize-in-place/clean-in-place, disinfectant, bleach
    • Steam and hot water - e.g. autoclave and steam sterilization 

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EXAMPLES OF PEEK COMPONENTS Applications of PEEK
  • Medical & bioprocessing -  Suitable for many sterilization methods, medical grade PEEK can be found in healthcare applications ranging from surgical instruments and tool handles to orthopedic implants and dental abutments. 

 

  • Chemical processing & advanced fluid management - With wide-ranging resistance to chemicals and heat, PEEK is an ideal material for components in chemically corrosive applications such as labyrinth seals, gaskets, o-rings, and pumps. 

 

  • Food, beverage, pharma, and packaging -  With a low wear rate and suitability for clean-in-place, food grade PEEK materials are great candidates for high-wear, high-impact components in food and pharma processing, such as conveyor components, scrapers, wear strips, guide rails, rollers, gears, slide plates, and more. 

 

  • Aerospace, automotive, and mobility -  PEEK exhibits a far superior strength-to-weight ratio vs. metals, making it an excellent material for transportation applications where high performance must also be balanced with lightweighting for fuel efficiency. 

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