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PTFE - History and Common Applications

by:Mayer     2020-07-30
One of the most common types of industrial coatings in use today is PTFE. The list of common applications for it is virtually endless, although it's important to realize that PTFE may not necessarily be the best option for your job. Before selecting a PTFE coating, you should learn as much as you can about the history and development of this type of coating. The History of Polytetrafluoroethylene Polytetrafluoroethylene, known within industry by its shortened name of PTFE, was first created by Dr. Roy Plunkett. He stumbled across the matter while he was testing materials to be used as refrigerants. One day he was examining tetrafluoroethylene that had been frozen and compressed. He saw that it had polymerized and become a solid material that was similar to wax. He named the new material 'Polytetrafluoroethylene.' At the time he discovered PTFE, Dr. Plunkett was working for DuPont, and it didn't take long after his discovery for them to start turning the new material into blocks. The blocks were then molded to create various shapes. Soon the engineers developed aqueous dispersion and powder grades so that they could extrude tubing. Today manufacturers all over the world use the material to create products. They also use it as a coating in various industrial capacities. Common Applications of Polytetrafluoroethylene There are numerous ways Polytetrafluoroethylene can be used. Here are some of the most common industries that use this type of material: As you can see, PTFE is a very versatile material that can be used in numerous types of industries. If you think it will work for your project, you should check with a professional to learn more about the fine details and characteristics of this material.
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