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PVDF: A Fluoropolymer for Chemical Challenges

By Averie Palovcak and Jason Pomante |

When it comes to selecting materials of construction, keep in mind the favorable properties of fluoropolymers for corrosive service Since its commercialization in the mid-1960s, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) has been used across a variety of chemical process industries (CPI) sectors due to its versatility and broad attributes. With flagship applications in architectural coatings and the CPI, the breadth of industries where PVDF is utilized today is expansive. PVDF components (Figures 1 and 2) are utilized and installed where engineers are looking to maximize longevity and reliability of process parts in many CPI sectors, including semiconductor, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, petrochemical, wire and cable, and general chemicals. Figure 1. A variety of fluoropolymer components are shown here[/caption] Figure 2. These fluoropolymer tower packings are used in distillation columns[/caption] PVDF and the fluoropolymer family PVDF is a high-performance plastic that falls into the family of materials called fluoropolymers. Known for robust chemical resistance, fluoropolymers are often utilized in areas where high-temperature corrosion barriers are crucial. In addition to being chemically resistant and non-rusting, this family of…
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