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Global energy demands continue to increase, prompting oil companies to move toward deeper drilling and deep water offshore reserves. These areas involve high pressures (50 kpsi), high temperatures (300°C), abrasive fluids, saltwater and other conditions that destroy most metals and challenge many plastics.

When cost, down-time, and rig personnel safety are at stake, choosing the right material for the job is critical. KetaSpire® PEEK, Torlon® PAI and AvaSpire® PAEK, a family of customizable high-performance polyketones, are designed to thrive in these extreme environments.

Solvay’s unparalleled offering of ultra high-performance polymers gives engineers more flexibility to optimize their designs for long-lasting components.

Contact your Oil & Gas representative for assistance.

Typical Applications

  • Compressor rings, plates, pipes and tubing
  • Seals and back-up seal rings
  • Electrical connectors and components
  • Pipes and tubing for risers and umbilicals
  • Labyrinth seals
  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Wear tapes

Tensile strength retention after 1 year of 20% H2S exposure

[2"/min, 170 °C, 20% H2S, NORSOK oil]


Modulus retention vs. temperature of neat materials


Coefficient of linear thermal expansion


Product Comparison

 KetaSpire® PEEKAvaSpire® PAEKTorlon® PAI
High Temperaturegoodvery goodexcellent
Fatigue Resistanceexcellentvery goodgood
Chemical Resistanceexcellentvery goodgood
Wear Resistancegoodgoodexcellent
Toughnessgoodvery goodexcellent
Moisture Resistanceexcellentexcellentgood