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Unlocking Potential: Diverse Applications of PEEK Raw Material


PEEK raw material belongs to special engineering plastics, with advantages of heat resistance, flame retardant, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. Compared with engineering plastics, it has both rigidity and toughness. Compared with metal materials, it is stronger and lighter at the same time. It is expected to replace steel. This article will introduce several applications of PEEK raw material.


Transportation


Carbon emissions from the air transportation industry mainly come from aircraft aviation fuel combustion, accounting for about 79% of the total emissions. Therefore, the light-weighting of materials is a key factor affecting carbon emissions in the aviation industry. In order to reduce aviation fuel consumption, the aviation industry uses a large number of composite materials and special engineering plastics to replace metal materials. PEEK materials are an important part of light-weighting and fuel consumption reduction. The main application scenario for PEEK materials in aircraft is for load-bearing structural components.


Industrial


In the industrial field, PEEK material is widely used as an insulating material for seals, bearings, flexible printed circuit boards, and other key components due to its corrosion resistance and good mechanical properties. Taking bearings as an example, compared to metal bearings, PEEK material is self-lubricating and does not require the addition of lubricant. Therefore, it can fundamentally avoid the situation of lubricant dripping off during the long-term use of bearings, or flaking off into the reaction liquid after metal wear.

Medical


Compared with metal materials, PEEK raw material is closer to the rigidity of human bones. Since it is a non-metallic material, there will be no artifacts in CT and MRI after surgery, which does not affect the medical imaging diagnosis. PEEK material is easy to process. For example, in cranial bone repair, after personalized design and processing, it can achieve a very high degree of compatibility with the patient's skull. At present, PEEK material products include artificial spinal implants, artificial joints, bone repair products, and so on.


Automotive


The growth of PEEK material in the automotive industry is mainly due to the automotive industry's demand for lightweight components. PEEK material has good friction resistance, mechanical properties, and light-weighting, so it can replace metal in key components. It is mainly used in the manufacture of engine covers, bearings, clutch rings, seals, enameled wires, and so on.


As a special engineering plastic, PEEK raw material shows broad application prospects in many fields with its unique advantages. It provides strong support for the development of various industries with its heat-resistant, flame-retardant, abrasion-resistant and corrosion-resistant properties. With the continuous progress of science and technology and the continuous upgrading of the industry, we believe that PEEK raw material will play a more important role in the future, bringing more convenience and possibilities to our lives.

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