O-Rings & Seals | FFKM
Perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) The name “perfluoroelastomer” is somewhat misleading. An actual perfluorinated material with a high molecular weight is polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE which has the chemical formula “(CF2)n.” The molecular carbon chain is shielded by the chemical inertness of the large bonded fluorine atoms. Perfluoroelastomer is produced by the copolymerization of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and a perfluorinated ether, e.g. perfluoromethylvinylether (PMVE). The differing resistance to volume swell of the different perfluoroelastomers is due to the perfluorinated ether element, where the side-chain can consist of up to four perfluorinated carbon atoms. The extraordinary chemical resistance is partly due to the fluorine atoms shielding the carbon chain, and partially due to the vulcanization system. Parker Seal, in cooperation with a leading polymer manufacturer, has developed several such perfluorinated elastomer materials. Parker ParofluorTM materials are being developed and manufactured in-house at Parker. In contrast to other perfluoroelastomer suppliers, where a polymer manufacturer will either produce and deliver the ready mixed compound or even supply the final vulcanized part, Parker will compound with the raw polymer and then manufacture the desired component. This allows the specific material properties to be jointly developed with the customer.
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