Teflon™ PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) Properties & Information
Teflon™ PTFE is a performance thermoplastic known for its chemical inertness & resistance to attack, low coefficient of friction, broad operating temperature range, excellent dielectric properties, thermal & electrical insulating, negligible water absorption and non-stick characteristic and among many others. Teflon™ PTFE is FDA Food Grade compliant.
PTFE resins have an upper service temperature of 500º F (260 C) and is the most widely used fluoroplastic material. PTFE mechanical properties are low compared to other advanced engineering plastics, but its properties remain useful over a temperature range of -100° F to 400° F forming its broad operating range suitable for many applications. PTFE can be used as low as - 436º F (-260 C ).
PTFE properties are often enhanced using a variety of fillers creating a PTFE compound, such as a 15 or 25% glass filled PTFE, to improve wear resistance, increase part stability, and improves creep strength and reduce deformation under load in comparison with virgin grade PTFE. For electrical insulators, the addition of glass filler has little impact on electrical properties.
The links below provide Teflon™ PTFE characteristics and general property information about two of the Teflon™ PTFE resins that APT compression molds and CNC machines into finished parts.
Teflon™ NXT 85 Modified PTFE is a chemically modified resin that offers improved resistance to deformation under load, increased resistance to permeation of chemicals, and higher dielectric breakdown strength in comparison with virgin PTFE.
For more information on Teflon™ fluoropolymers please visit these links:
Teflon™ PTFE Fluoropolymer Resin Granular Molding Powders
Data sheets are available for the following PTFE grades including:
- Teflon™ Resin Standards and Specifications (ASTM, Military, UL-CSA)
Please note that actual resin lot properties can differ slightly from the data presented based on processing. Customer evaluation of new parts under end-use specifications is desirable to assure suitability & performance.
Other useful links about PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene):
Dr. Roy J. Plunkett - Discoverered Teflon™ PTFE in 1938
"Polytetrafluoroethylene", on Wikipedia
Applied Plastics Technology, Inc. (APT) is specialized in PTFE Compression Molding and CNC Machining of made-to-order PTFE component parts. We also custom machine a variety of plastics & advanced engineering materials including Acetal, Nylon, Ultem® PEI, Torlon PAI, PEEK, and others.
Please call or email us if we can assist you with material recommendations and finished part quotations for your applications.
Teflon™ is a trademark of THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC used under license by Applied Plastics Technology, Inc.