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Polyether Imide (PEI) Plastic

Polyether Imide (PEI) - Manufacturers - Materials - Classification
Polyether Imide (PEI) - PEI is considered an advanced thermoplastic which has both ether links and imide groups in its polymer chain. Polyether imide has gained rapid acceptance as a high temperature engineering thermoplastic material competitive with the polysulfones, polyphenylene sulfides, and polyketones. Polyether imide exhibits high tensile strength without the use of reinforcement, flame resistance, very low smoke emission, and excellent hydrolytic stability. Because of PEIs high stability, its range of processing is wider than many other thermoplastics.
In 1982 General Electric introduced the first polyetherimide (PEI) under the trade name Ultem. They discovered that the presence of the ether linkages was sufficient to allow the material to be melt processible, while retaining many of the key characteristics of polyimides.
Features
ECO Compliant (81), High Heat Resistance (60), Lubricated (59), Flame Retardant (54), Electrically Conductive (46), Food Contact Acceptable (45), Chemical Resistant (43), High Strength (38), High Flow (36), Low Smoke Emission (31), 81 More...
Uses
Medical/Healthcare Applications (28), Automotive Applications (23), Electrical/Electronic Applications (17), General Purpose (12), Pharmaceuticals (12), Aircraft Applications (11), Electrical Parts (9), Aerospace Applications (8), Industrial Applications (7), Thin-walled Parts (6), 41 More...
Disadvantages
- Notch Sensitive
- High processing temperatures required
- Attacked by strong bases and partially halogenated solvents
- Relatively high material and processing costs
- Limited colorability
Typical Properties and Processing Information
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