PTFE is a polymer with very unique properties. Due to its chemical composition, it is the plastic material with the highest chemical resistance and the lowest coefficient of friction, however, it has some restrictions in terms of mechanical properties and wear. Therefore, PTFE is very often modified by adding various organic and/or inorganic fillers to improve specific properties such as wear or extrusion resistance.
One of the most important characteristics of PTFE is the low coefficient of friction that provides outstanding start-up behaviour as well as minimized stick-slip phenomenon. Therefore, PTFE is the preferred material in applications that require accurate positioning of hydraulic cylinders. Due to the increased modulus of elasticity compared to rubbers and polyurethanes, PTFE seals can usually not be installed by simple snap-in procedures and require special tools and procedures for installation.
Table 1 lists common PTFE materials.
At temperatures above 300 °C (570 °F) all fluoro elastomers and PTFE compounds give off dangerous fumes. If there is contact with your skin or if the vapours are inhaled, seek medical advice immediately.