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The use of fluoroplastics for chemical processing

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At its core, the chemical industry converts raw materials (oil, gas, water, metals, and minerals) into over 70,000 products which, as consumers, we encounter on a daily basis. From fertilisers which support agriculture to the actual cars we drive, almost every facet of our life is made possible by the presence of chemicals and chemical processing.

As expected, however, there are several risks associated with the chemical processing industry. Because chemicals are inherently hazardous and a number of them are flammable, explosive, toxic or corrosive, it’s important for processing plants to use materials which can handle the aggressive manufacturing environment. This is where fluoroplastics come in.

Why fluoroplastics are ideal for the chemical processing industry

Fluoropolymers have several key properties which means that they don’t interfere with chemical processing:

Chemical resistance

Most importantly, fluoroplastics are highly chemically resistant and are some of the most inert materials known to man. Chemicals that this unique material is resistant to include, but are not limited to, acetone, formic acid, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, diesel oil, phosphoric acid and sulphur dioxide.

Mechanical properties

Fluoropolymers have fantastic non-stick and low friction qualities; They do not rub, stick or break under tension. This is an added benefit in the chemical processing industry as it prevents a build-up of microbes and bacteria.

Thermal tolerance

PTFE, FEP and PFA are some of the most thermal resistant plastics and are ideal for use in very high and very low working temperatures, and can withstand temperatures ranging from -200°C up to +260°C.

Fluoropolymer products used in the chemical processing industry

Here at Adtech, we are specialists in delivering innovative fluoropolymer solutions for your technical applications. Find out more about Fluoroplastics and Chemical Process Plants.

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