STP1395

    Comparison of the Dimensional Stability of Kel-F 81 and Neoflon CTFE M400H Polychlorotrifluoroethylenes Used in Valve Seat Applications

    Published: Jan 2000


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    Abstract

    The dimensional stability of polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) valve seats used in gas cylinder regulator applications was evaluated by thermomechanical analysis (TMA). Testing focused on two commercial grades of PCTFE, Kel-F® 81 and Neoflon® CTFE M400H, and on actual PCTFE valve seats obtained from different manufacturers. The effects of resin grade, percent crystallinity, and process history on TMA deflection were evaluated. TMA results frequently showed low-temperature dimensional instability between 40 and 70 °C. The corresponding permanent height change resulting from brief cyclic heating of as-received material to 150 °C ranged from to +3.9 to -8.5 percent. Complementary differential scanning calorimetry data indicated the origin of the dimensional instability to be anomalous relaxation at or close to the glass transition. The data are discussed in the context of several proposed valve seat failure mechanisms: contaminant promotion, flow resonance, and flow friction. The combined data show significant property variations within the PCTFE resin family. Such property variations could have important implications for the use of PCTFE in valve seat applications.

    Keywords:

    PCTFE, Kel-F, Neoflon, valve seats, dimensional instability, impact sensitivity, glass transition, flow friction


    Author Information:

    Waller, JM
    Project Leaders, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., NASA Johnson Space Center White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM

    Newton, BE
    Engineer, Wendell Hull & Associates, Inc., Las Cruces, NM

    Beeson, HD
    Special Projects Manager, NASA Laboratories Office, NASA Johnson Space Center White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM

    Haas, JP
    Project Leaders, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc., NASA Johnson Space Center White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM


    Paper ID: STP12485S

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12485S


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