If you're looking for a product that will withstand major abrasion, wear, and tensile applications, ETFE may be your material. ETFE is a fluoropolymer that is chemically and structurally similar to polyolefins such as polyethylene, thus providing a higher abrasion, impact, and crush resistance than its fully fluorinated (perfluoropolymer) counterparts - PTFE, FEP, and PFA. It is commonly used in wiring harnesses, in exterior film applications where weathering resistance is desirable, and as a liner in tanks where specific chemical and wear resistance is required. Its high tensile strength at 25 C also leads to a higher working pressure at that temperature.
ETFE's mechanical and chemical properties were (and still are) so strong that it was chosen as a material for the Olympics! The Beijing National Aquatic Centre, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, is the largest building made of ETFE laminate film.
Manufactured by Fluorotherm in the USA, it is semi-transparent in color and gamma, steam, gas, or chemically sterilizable.
|High abrasion and wear resistance while maintaining chemical inertness|
|Higher tensile strength and working pressure than PTFE, FEP, PFA at 25 degrees Celsius|
|More limited chemical resistance than PTFE, FEP and PFA|
|Great for mechanical, electrical, architectural, and aerospace applications|
|Maximum use temperature of 300 F (150 C)|
|Semi-transparent in color|
|Manufactured by Fluorotherm in the USA|