film enhances design of America’s
Cup racing yacht.
United Internet Team Germany
entered this year’s challenge for the America’s Cup with a newly designed
yacht, “GER 89,” featuring Victrex APTIVTM
protect intensely stressed parts. The film was selected for its extreme wear
resistance and is applied to the hull and parts under the deck to protect them
from friction and pressures arising from high sailing speeds. Temperatures of
up to 300°C (572°F) can be created due to the frictional forces encountered.
racing yachts are similar to Formula 1 racing cars. Both are high-tech products
that demand the use of state-of-the-art materials offering exceptional
performance in design and construction to achieve the ultimate in form and
Victrex APTIV films are made from VICTREX PEEK high-performance polymer. This
high-tech thermoplastic has a melting temperature of 343°C (649°F) and
exceptionally high abrasion and creep resistance, even at high temperatures.
The polymer provides excellent hydrolysis and chemical resistance, and does not
change its properties, even when in constant contact with water. This range of
properties makes APTIV film the ideal material to protect the parts of racing
yachts that are exposed to high stresses.
VICTREX PEEK is a semi-crystalline polymer with a glass-transition temperature
of 143°C (289°F). APTIV films can be produced with an amorphic-transparent or
partially crystalline-opaque structure. APTIV films are also
available with an inorganic filler to produce film grades with low thermal
expansion rates. Its thermoplastic nature makes APTIV film very easy to
process, and it can be thermoformed, laminated without the use of adhesives,
and heat sealed, among other processing techniques. The film has already found
use in automotive, electronics, acoustics, industrial, and oil and gas
extraction and processing applications.
APTIV film is a technology enabler for processors, designers and engineers
offering design freedom and versatility for use in their products to achieve
higher performance and product differentiation.
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