To offer a drop-in solution to overcome the PA66 shortage, we developed an alternative material: The Akulon® IG series is a portfolio of material grades made by combining the strength of PA6 and PA46 – two materials that are fully independent of the Adiponitrile/hexamethyldiamine supply.
Finding the right plastic for demanding oil and gas applications
Today’s global oil and gas industry is no stranger to extremes. Operating in conditions ranging from the desert heat of the Middle East to the frigid depths of the Arctic Circle, petroleum engineers must overcome a multitude of challenges to meet rising global energy demands. These challenges include corrosive seawater, abrasive conditions (sand/rock), chemical exposure and severe fluctuating temperatures.
To meet and exceed the demands of such challenging applications, DSM Engineering Plastics partners with its global customers across industries to develop next-generation material solutions.
ForTii, DSM’s PPA (polyphthalamide) family, helps engineers who need to take these harsh environments into account. ForTii is a breakthrough high-temperature polyamide with heat-stabilized, halogen-free and flame-retardant grades for demanding applications.
The ForTii MX metal replacement portfolio enables engineers and designers to realize structural components with robust part performance over a large temperature range and in aggressive environments (e.g., salts, acids, coolants and mineral oils). That means a high-temperature polyamide with a broad and versatile portfolio of grades that delivers high performance with a unique balance of properties.
Where ForTii has excellent chemical resistance to the majority of chemicals and is on par with the top competitor materials, ForTii Ace surpasses the performance of a wide range of thermoplastic solutions.
ForTii Ace Key Benefits:
- PPA with highest aromatic content of >50wt%
- Excellent chemical resistance under extreme conditions (moisture, salt, oils, acids, etc)
- Extreme stiffness and strength, up to 150°
- A glass transition temperature of 160°C
- Easy and robust molding and processing
- High peak temperature resistance, up to 320°C
The versatility of DSM’s ForTii portfolio can provide solutions in a wide variety of environments, ranging from bearing cages in transmission oils to water-glycol cooled thermal management modules. For complex mechanical systems, ForTii allows designs with thinner walls and the replacement of metals or plastics such as PEEK (polyetheretherketone), where this was not possible before.
To learn more about the unique properties of Fortii Ace, click here.
Two-wheeler technical know-how: DSM’s materials provide the strength and durability that electric scooters need
A number of e-scooter components require specialized materials to ensure safe and reliable performance. DSM’s portfolio includes materials designed to meet the specific needs of these applications.
How to survive the structural PA66 shortage
Under current market conditions, the supply chain for polyamide 66 (PA66) is under pressure. With the surge in demand for developing lightweight vehicles and pushing the connectivity revolution forward, supply is too concentrated to reliably meet global demand.