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Polysulfone (PSU) Plastic

Polysulfone (PSU) - Manufacturers - Materials - Classification
Polysulfone (PSU) - A family of sulfur-containing thermoplastics, closely related to polyethersulfone (PES). The structure of the polysulfones is aromatic groups, generally with more than one benzene ring, joined by a sulfone group. Generally, polysulfone is a high cost, rigid, amorphous material with low moisture absorption. Reinforcement improves toughness and further enhances dimensional stability, but turns materials opaque. In addition, polysulfones are characterized by high strength, very high surface-temperature limits, low creep, good electrical characteristics, transparency, self-extinguishing ability, and resistance to greases, many solvents, and chemicals. Polysufones may be processed by extrusion, injection molding, and blow molding.
Polysulfone (PSU), introduced by Union Carbide in 1965, was among the first thermoplastics developed for long term service beyond 300°F.
Features
Good Chemical Resistance (94), High Heat Resistance (88), Flame Retardant (86), Lubricated (86), Good Dimensional Stability (75), Good Toughness (61), Hydrolysis Resistant (53), Acid Resistant (49), Good Creep Resistance (46), Good Thermal Stability (42), 99 More...
Uses
Medical/Healthcare Applications (59), Aerospace Applications (49), Electrical/Electronic Applications (48), Food Service Applications (28), Engineering Parts (26), Automotive Applications (25), Electrical Parts (21), Aircraft Applications (19), Sporting Goods (19), Appliances (17), 62 More...
Disadvantages
- Attacked by some solvents
- Poor weatherability
- Subject to stress cracking
- Processing difficulties
- Increased costs
Typical Properties and Processing Information
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