FEP

Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene

FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) is chemically a copolymer of hexafluoropropylene and tetrafluoroethylene. It was developed as a melt processable version of PTFE. As such, it inherits all the chemical resistance and non-stick properties of PTFE whilst offering the ability to be extruded and thermoformed. Properties include

  • Excellent thermal stability. Retains its properties in temperatures from -200 to 200 Deg C.
  • Chemically inert to almost all chemicals and solvents.
  • Retains its properties even after prolonged exposures to harsh chemical environments.
  • Non-stick quality unsurpassed by any plastic.
  • High transparency with good transmittance of UV rays and visible rays up to 98%.
  • Long term weatherability. Excellent resistance to ozone, sunlight and weather.
  • Lowest refractive index of all plastics provides low light reflection. Refractive index of water. Virtually invisible in water.
  • Non toxic. FDA approved
  • Non porous.
  • Inert to body tissue.
  • Electrical reliability. A low dielectric constant and high dielectric strength.

Trade Names for FEP resins include DuPont Teflon™, Daikin Neoflon™, Dyneon Hostaflon™, NiFlon, Sinoflon.

Property Value Units Method
Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength, 23°C 2100-3050
14.5-21
psi
MPa
Elongation at break, 23°C 240-300 %
Flexural Strength, 23°C No break at flexure D 790
Impact Strength, Izod No break
Yield Strength At 23°C 1740
12
psi
MPa
Density 2.12-2.17 gm/cu.cm
Thermal Properties
Coefficient of Linear Expansion 20-100 °C 12 x 10-5 K-1 D 696
Melting Point 253-282 °C
Thermal Conductivity 1.45
0.209
Btu/hr-.ft-deg F
W/m/deg K
Service Temperature -250-200 °C
Processing Temperature 370-395 °C
Electrical Properties
Dielectric Strength, short time, 2mm MV m-1
Surface Arc-Resistance >300
(does not track)
sec D 495
Volume Resistivity, dry, @ 50% RH >1018 ohm-cm D 257
Surface Resistivity, @ 100% RH 1016 Ohm/sq D 257
Dielectric Constant, 60 to 2 x 109 cps 2.1 ε D150-81
Dielectric Strength 13-100 kV mm-1 D149
Dissipation Factor @ 60 Hz – 1 MHz <0.0001 D150-81
Other Properties
Refractive Index 1.344 nD 25 D 542
Water Absorption <0.1 % D570-81
Flame Rating+ VE-0 UL-94
Limiting Oxygen Index 95 % Oxygen D 2863
Resistance to Weathering Excellent
Specific Gravity 2.1-2.3 D792-66
(1979)
Coefficient of friction 0.27–0.67 D 1894

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