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Polyimide (PI) Plastic

Polyimide (PI) - Manufacturers - Materials - Classification
Polyimide (PI) - Available both as thermoplastic and thermoset resins, polyimides (PI) are a family of some of the most heat and fire resistant polymers known. Polyimide is said to possess a greater resistance to heat than any other unfilled organic material. Unlike most plastics, polyimides are available in laminates and shapes, molded parts and stock shapes. Polyimide parts are fabricated by techniques ranging from powder-metallurgy methods to conventional injection, transfer, and compression molding and extrusion. In general, moldings and laminates are based on thermoset resins although some are made from thermoplastic grades. Laminates are based on continuous reinforcements where molding resins contain chopped (short) fiber reinforcements.
The first commercial polyimides (PIs) were introduced by DuPont in the early 1960s. Because of the processing difficulties the availability of modified polyimides was established in the 1970s.
Features
High Heat Resistance (41), Good Chemical Resistance (38), Good Thermal Stability (33), Good Wear Resistance (26), Good Creep Resistance (22), Flame Retardant (20), Low Friction (18), Solvent Resistant (16), High Strength (16), High Temperature Strength (15), 50 More...
Uses
Automotive Applications (30), Industrial Applications (22), Seals (18), Bushings (17), Valves/Valve Parts (17), Pump Parts (17), Machine/Mechanical Parts (17), Aerospace Applications (16), Thrust Washer (15), Bearings (15), 56 More...
Disadvantages
- Difficult to process, high temperatures required
- Limited resistance to hydrolysis
- High costs
Typical Properties and Processing Information
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