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Solvay's family of Ultra-Polymers offer aerospace engineers and designers an unprecedented selection of alternatives to metal and traditional plastics for components being developed for next-generation aircraft.

These innovative material technologies, Torlon® PAI, KetaSpire® PEEK and AvaSpire® PAEK, exhibit high specific strength and modulus, exceptional chemical resistance to aircraft fluids, and excellent creep and fatigue resistance while offering non-corrosive, eco-friendly, long-term reliability. These features allow for broader design options to maximize space constraints, lower assembly costs, lower operational costs, lower maintenance costs, and improve safety. These polymers can be fabricated using traditional polymer process technologies.  

Torlon® PAI, KetaSpire® PEEK, and AvaSpire® PAEK are qualified by many aircraft manufacturers and tier suppliers. They can also be certified to relevant ASTM and MIL-P standards.

Contact your Aerospace representative for assistance.

Key Segments

SegmentPerformance DriversProducts
PAYLOAD COMPONENTS

Wire Bundling

  • Clamps
  • Cable Ties
  • Stand-Offs
  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal
  • Long-term retention of mechanical properties vs. nylon
  • Superior hot/wet environmental performance vs. nylon
  • Broader design latitude in meeting mechanical design allowables vs. nylon
  • Good FST

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvSpire® PAEK

Composite Fasteners & Attachments

  • Clip Nuts
  • Fasteners
  • Brackets
  • Bushings
  • Misc mechanical attachments
  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal
  • Superior long-term retention of mechanical properties vs. nylon
  • Superior hot/wet environmental performance vs. nylon
  • Broader design latitude in meeting mechanical design allowables vs. nylon
  • Superior mechanical properties vs. PEI (PAI)
  • Good FST

Torlon® PAI

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvaSpire® PAEK

Insulation Blankets

  • Covering film
  • Good FST
  • Weight reduction vs. PVF
  • Metalizable vs. PEKK
  • Lower cost vs. PI

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvSpire® PAEK

Decorative

  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal
  • Excellent processability for complex parts geometries

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvSpire® PAEK

FLIGHT SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Electrical &
Electro-mechanica
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  • Connectors: (Housing, Backshells and Wafers)
  • Thermal Isolators
  • Actuators
  • Electrically insulative
  • Platable
  • Weight reduction vs. metal/Good strength-to-weight ratio
  • Lower assembly cost

Torlon® PAI

KetaSpire® PEEK

Environmental Control Systems

  • Impellers
  • Straps
  • Spuds
  • End Caps
  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal/Good strength-to-weight ratio

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvaSpire® PAEK

Torlon® PAI

Power Generation

  • Terminal Blocks
  • APU Components
  • High thermal performance (Torlon® PAI)
  • Good electrical properties

Torlon® PAI

KetaSpire® PEEK

Exterior Light Duty Mechanical Components

  • Fairings
  • Radomes
  • Hubcaps
  • Engine Shroud
  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal/Good strength-to-weight ratio
  • Good mechanical integrity over a broad range of temperatures
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Ease of producibility
  • Dimensionally stable (CTE and Hydrolytic)

KetaSpire® PEEK

Torlon® PAI

Fluid Systems

  • Crane Aerospace
  • Parker-Hannifin
  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal/Good strength-to-weight ratio
  • Excellent chemical resistance

KetaSpire® PEEK

AvaSpire® PAEK

STRUCTURAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Thermoplastic Composites

  • Corrosion resistance vs. metal
  • Weight reduction vs. metal
  • Superior long-term retention of mechanical properties
  • Superior hot/wet environmental performance
  • Inherently FR
  • Good processability

KetaSpire® PEEK

Thermoplastic Adhesives

  • High thermal resistance
  • Inherently FR
  • Good processability

Torlon® PAI

Aerospace Product Data

Product Certifications & Technical Data Sheets

KetaSpire® PEEK
KetaSpire® KT-820 NTBMS 8-317A Type III/V, Class 3, Form A
Mil-P 46183 Type I
MS29.02-01
KetaSpire® KT-820 GF30 BG20BMS 8-317A Type III/V, Class 3, Form B, Grade 30
Mil-P Type II, Class 3
MS29.02-03
KetaSpire® KT-880 GF30 BG20BMS 8-317A Type III/V, Class 1, Form B, Grade 30
Mil-P Type II, Class 3
MS29.02-09
KetaSpire® KT-820 CF30Mil-P 46183 Type III, Class 2
MS29.02-04
KetaSpire® KT-880 CF30BMS 8-317A Type III/V, Class 1, Form C, Grade 30
Mil-P 46183 Type III, Class 2
MS29.02-10
KetaSpire® KT-820 SL30
MS29.02-05
AvaSpire® PAEK
AvaSpire® AV-651 BG15BMS 8-411 Type I/II, Class 1, Form A
AvaSpire® AV-651 GF30 BG20BMS 8-411 Type I/II, Class 1, Form B, Grade 30
Torlon® PAI
Torlon® 4203L and variantsBMS 8-269 Type I/II, Class 1
AMS3670/1B
ASTM D5204 PAI011M03 and PAI021M03
MS29.04-01 Grade 1/2
A50TF190-S6 Class A
Torlon® 5030 and variantsBMS 8-269 Type I/II, Class 3, Grade 30
AMS3670/4C
ASTM D5204 PAI013G30 and PAI023G30
MS29.04-05 Grade 1/2
A50TF190-S6 Class B
Torlon® 7130 and variantsBMS 8-269 Type I/II, Class 4, Grade 30
AMS3670/5C
ASTM D5204 PAI013C30 and PAI023C30
MS29.04-04 Grade 1/2
A50TF190-S6 Class C
Torlon® 4301 and variantsBMS 8-269 Type I/II, Class 2, Grade 12
AMS3670/3B
ASTM D5204 PAI012L15 and PAI022L15
MS29.04-02 Grade 1/2
Torlon® 4275 and variantsAMS3670/2B
ASTM D5204 PAI012L23 and PAI022L23
MS29.04-03 Grade 1/2
Torlon® 4435 and variantsASTM D5204 PAI012R35 and PAI022R35

All CoA's (for grades listed under ASTM D5204) certify to ASTM D5204 and include the statement, "..which is a replacement for Mil-P-46179…"

Please note that Airbus, COMAC, and UTAS specs are under development

Partners

Torlon® PAI

  • Quadrant: available in stock shapes via certification (sold as Duratron® PAI)
  • Drake Plastics: available in stock shapes via certification
  • Piper Plastics: available in near net shapes via certification (sold as Kyron® PAI)
 
Include listing of qualified Torlon PAI molders - TO COME

KetaSpire® PEEK

  • Quadrant: available in stock shapes via certification (sold as Ketron® PEEK)
  • APT: available in stock shapes via certification (sold as Semilon® PK)
  • Piper Plastics: available in near net and stock shapes via certification (sold as Kyron® PEEK)
  • Drake Plastics: available in stock shapes via certification
  • Quantum: available in stock shapes via certification

AvaSpire® PAEK

  • Drake Plastics: available in stock shapes via certification
  • Quantum: available in stock shapes via certification