PEEK Rod, Tube & Sheet Supplier
Offering plastic tube, sheet, and PEEK rod machining and supplier services throughout the UK, Aquarius Plastics provides a complete service – from manufacture to fabrication and cutting to size. If you have specific requirements for your plastic products, then we’re the experts to talk to.
PEEK 1000/GF30/CA30/HPV (Polyetheretherketone)
PEEK is a unique, high temperature, high performance engineering plastic developed by ICI Advanced Materials. It is tough, rigid and strong with very good chemical and radiation resistance.
PEEK can be used for thousands of hours at high temperature in steam or high pressure water environments with no significant degradation in properties. Radiation resistance is also exceptional for a plastic material; it can absorb over 1000 units of radiation with no appreciable loss of mechanical properties.
During combustion, the levels of smoke and toxic acid gas released are the lowest of any thermoplastic. PEEK is insoluble in all common solvents and being crystalline has excellent resistance to a very wide range of organic and inorganic liquids even at elevated temperatures.
Four grades of PEEK machining are available:
- 1000 – a general purpose unfilled grade with a good balance of properties and a very high performance wear resistant bearing material
- GF30 – has been specially formulated to optimise mechanical and tribological properties under the most arduous wear conditions
- PEEK CA30 – has a carbon fibre filling which gives it increased strength and stiffness
- HPV – is PEEK with the addition of Carbon Fibres and PTFE resulting in making it a ‘Bearing Grade’. Its excellent tribological properties (low friction, long wear and high pressure-velocity capabilities) make this grade especially suited for bearing and wear applications.
|Chemical and radiation resistance||Seals|
|Exceptional resistance to high energy radiation||Valve Components|
|Operating temperatures of -40°C to +250°C||Bearings|
|Melting point 334°C||Electrical Components|
|Good creep resistance||Nuclear Industry|
|Excellent electrical properties||Chemical Industry|
|High wear & abrasion resistance||Medical Equipment|
|High mechanical & fatigue strength||Microwave Equipment|
|Hydrolysis resistance||Motor Racing|
Uses of PEEK Sheets, Rods, & Tubes
As a very high performance engineering plastic, PEEK tubes, sheets, and rods are typically used in industry as bearings, piston parts, pumps, and cable insulation. Industries that regularly make use of PEEK include the aerospace industry (which Aquarius regularly supplies to), the automotive industry, and chemical process industry.
PEEK is considered an advanced biomaterial, which means it’s even used in medical implants!
PEEK has even made it to space, with the material being chosen for use in NASA’s Juno Space Probe.
Contact Aquarius Plastics Today
If you need expert advice from someone who’s been in the industry for decades, then contact us today. We regularly provide bespoke solutions to clients, bending, machining, milling, and fabricating the material requested into the format required by you. You can call us on 01483 576044 or send us an email at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!