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Plastics and Elastomers Made for Extreme Environments

Considering the range of polymeric compounds used in the various industries we serve, elastomeric materials can be among the most challenging, and sensitive materials to manufacture. To ensure materials are capable of surviving a range of performance and operating scenarios, from HPHT, to RGD, to ED, or supercritical gases, materials must be compounded and selected after evaluating a range of critical factors prior to the design process.

Our depth of experience allows us to produce materials with minimal batch variation and consistent quality. Our molding processes – compression, transfer, and injection – satisfy both low and high-volume production.

HEAT, CORROSION AND OTHER POTENTIAL THREATS

If materials are chosen improperly, bottom-hole temperatures (BHT) escalating to 400°F can pose an immediate threat to the integrity of seal materials, making the application susceptible to failure. Aggressive chemical environments such as hydrogen sulfide, paraffin inhibitors, acids, and bromides accelerate critical component corrosion. High levels of CO2, methane or other compressible fluids create rapid gas decompression (RGD), one of the leading causes of seal failure.

Some of the most widely relied on thermoplastics and fluoroplastics and their common names are included below:

PEEK
PPS (Ryton®), Fortron®
PEI (Ultem®)
PI (Vespel®)
PAI (Torlon®)
POM (Acetal®)
Pa (Nylon®)
TPU
PTFE (Teflon®)
PFA
PVDF (Kynar®)
ETFE (Tefzel®)
ECTFE (Halar®)
PCTFE (Neoflon)
PE, UHMW

Some of the most widely relied on rubber materials are included below:
NBR
HNBR
FKM
FFKM
FEPM
EPDM

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