June 2012

Reaching the PEEK of Lightweight Aerospace Solutions
VICTREX PEEK polymers provide equivalent stiffness at lighter weights.

The aerospace industry has a mandate to reduce aircraft weight in order to improve fuel efficiency. In many instances, this means identifying lightweight materials that can replace metals and other heavier components, resulting in processing flexibility, reduced assembly and increased durability in harsh environments. At the same time, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must be confident that their aircraft made from lighter weight materials will have the same reliability as aircraft made from more traditional metals. One proven area of success for major aircraft manufacturers is the adoption of integrating components made from polyetheretherketone (PEEK) to replace metal as the next logical step to achieve increased performance and significant cost savings for the airline industry. Learn more.


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PEEK Provides Long-Term Reliability in the Oil and Gas Industry
Technical Advisory
Take Off with Plastics in Aerospace


Expand Your Knowledge

PEEK Provides Long-Term Reliability in the Oil and Gas Industry

PEEK polymers offers a unique combination of chemical, electrical, wear, hydrolysis and temperature resistance prop erties required for oil and gas applications. With its excellent dimensional, mechanical and chemical stability, end users are increasingly specifying PEEK to reduce systems costs, improve part performance, exploit greater design freedom and create a differentiated application.

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Technical Advisory

• PEEK has good engineering properties in that it is tough, strong, rigid and creep-resistant.

• PEEK resists a wide range of solvents and exposure to radiation.

• The wholly aromatic structure of PEEK contributes to its high-termperature performance. And its crystalline character gives it resistance to organic solvents, resistance to dynamic fatigue and retention of ductility on short-term heat aging.

Take Off with Plastics in Aerospace

• PEEK is a high-temperature-resistant thermoplastic suitable for advanced structural composites.

• Did you know? Thanks to plastics, the A380 burns fuel per passenger at a rate comparable to that of an economical family car.

• Molded PEEK components absorb much less water than many other thermoplastics.

More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details about plastics as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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