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PEI Ultem® - A Resin that Takes the Heat

Producer: Sabic IP
Polymer type PEI

The Ultem® Resin family of amorphous thermoplastic polyetherimide (PEI) resins offers outstanding elevated thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and broad chemical resistance.

General info

Ultem® is available in transparent and opaque custom colours, as well as glass filled grades. Plus, Ultem® copolymers are available for even higher heat, chemical and elasticity needs. Ultem® resins uniquely balance mechanical properties and processability, offering design engineers exceptional flexibility and freedom.

Typical applications of Ultem® Resins, Aerospace parts, fire safety helmets and equipment, medical components including those that need autoclaving, food industry equipment.

Properties

Long-term Heat Resistance of Ultem®

Ultem® exhibits excellent stability of physical and mechanical properties at elevated temperatures thanks to high glass transition temperature of 217 °C. Ultem® is available with relative thermal indices (RTI) up to 180 °C

Strength and Stiffness of Ultem®

Ultem® has outstanding strength and amorphous thermoplastic among the available alternatives, with predictable stiffness and strength up to 200 °C. Ultem® unfilled, transparent grades are equal in strength to other thermoplastics with opacifying fillers.

Dimensional Stability of Ultem®

Ultem® is among the most dimensionally stable thermoplastics available, offering predictability over a wide temperature range. Filled grades of Ultem® offer exceptionally high-tolerance dimensional capabilities.

Environmental Stress & Cracking Resistance of Ultem®

Unlike most other amorphous thermoplastics, Ultem® resins retain strength and resist stress cracking when exposed to automotive and aircraft fluids, aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, acids, and weak aqueous solutions

Flammability, Smoke Generation and Toxicity of Ultem®

Ultem® is inherently flame resistance without additives in most grades - exceptionally difficult to ignite, with a limiting oxygen index (LOI) of 47%, meeting UL94 V0 specifications in sections as thin as 0.41 mm. Ultem® generates extremely low smoke per the NBS smoke evolution test, with products of combustion no more toxic than those of wood.

Processability of Ultem®

Ultem® can be extruded, thermoformed, extrusion blow moulded and injection moulded, and flowability permits long flow lengths down to 0.2mm thick using conventional injection moulding equipment

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