Lightweight and High-Performance Parts to be Used in Many Applications

From the automotive and the E&E industries to mechanical engineering and consumer goods: the new polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio by BASF - Ultramid® Advanced consists of five polymers with about 50 compounds. Widely used as a choice for metal replacement allowing greater design options, lower cost and lightweighting compared to parts made from metal.


Why Ultramid® Advanced?

Why Ultramid® Advanced?

Ultramid® Advanced molding compounds are available unreinforced, reinforced with glass fibers or minerals and also reinforced with long-glass fibers for special applications. Ultramid® Advanced is known for its high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability. In addition, Ultramid® Advanced offers good firmness at low temperatures, favorable sliding friction behavior and can be processed without any problems.

Characteristics and Properties

Ultramid® Advanced can be used for many applications because of it's multiple and custom-made characteristics. Applications include automotive, electrical engineering and electronics, construction, furniture, sanitary ware and more. In addition, Ultramid® Advanced can be processed by a variety of methods including extrusion and injection molding. Characteristics and properties found across Ultramid® product lines include:

  • The portfolio includes grades for injection molding and extrusion for easy and stable processing.
  • Grades with or without flame-retardants are available.
  • The products are equipped with different heat stabilizers.
  • They are supplied from uncolored to laser-markable black.
  • There are grades with short-glass, long-glass and carbon fiber reinforcement.
  • Due to their partially aromatic chemical structure all types offer good to excellent mechanics at elevated temperatures.
  • Their hydrophobic nature allows them to withstand humidity and contact with challenging media and at the same time to maintain their strength.
  • The low water uptake results in a high dimensional stability of the plastic parts in humid environments.
  • They keep their strength also in lead-free soldering processes more and more often used in the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry.  

Ultramid ® Advanced Portfolio

Ultramid® Advanced N

Ultramid® Advanced N

The PA9T Ultramid® Advanced N shows constant mechanics up to 100°C (glass transition temperature: 125°C), outstanding chemical resistance and low water absorption as well as very good tribological properties.  Typical applications include:

  • Small connectors and function-integrating housings in white goods, consumer electronics and mobile devices
  • Automotive components and structural parts near the engine and the gearbox
  • Gear wheels and other wear parts
Ultramid® Advanced T1000

Ultramid® Advanced T1000

Ultramid® Advanced T1000 (PA6T/6I) is the product group with the highest strength and stiffness and with stable mechanical properties at temperatures of up to 125°C (dry) and 80°C (conditioned). It offers high resistance to humidity and to aggressive media – outperforming conventional polyamides and many other PPA materials on the market. Typical applications include:

  • For thermostat housings and water pumps
  • In fuel circuits and selective catalytic reduction systems
  • For actuators and clutch parts in cars
  • In coffee machines
  • As furniture fittings
  • In construction applications such as water distributors, heating systems and pumps
Ultramid® Advanced T2000

Ultramid® Advanced T2000

Ultramid® Advanced T2000 is the ideal solution for parts that require high, constant stiffness and strength over a broad temperature range in combination with resistance to heat and humidity as well as optional flame-retardant (FR) properties. Common applications include:

  • Delicate flame-retardant connectors
  • Structural laptop parts
  • Switches and miniature circuit breakers
  • Water outlet valves and water pumps
  • Fuel system components
  • Actuators and sensors
  • Clutch parts
Ultramid® T KR

Ultramid® T KR

Ultramid® T KR was amongst the first PPAs on the market. The PA6T/6 has a high melting point of 295°C and can still easily be processed. It provides high stiffness and strength, especially in the presence of humidity, and is at the same time the PPA material with the highest toughness. It possesses excellent heat resistance: The relative tracking index (RTI) of 160°C at 0.4 mm of Ultramid® T KR4340 G6 is one of the highest RTIs in the whole polyamide market. Typical applications include:

  • Quick connectors
  • Switchgears or relays
  • Electrical control units
  • Vehicle sensors
Ultramid® One J

Ultramid® One J

Ultramid® One J is a high-temperature polyamide (PA66/6T) outperforming PA66 in mechanical and dielectric properties in presence of humidity and at elevated temperatures. Ultramid® One J shows high flowability and opens up new, colorful possibilities with even white color shades for miniaturization parts with electrical protection. The UL cards testify to excellent RTI and GWIT values, the used flame-retardant is without halogens. Typical applications include:

  • Miniature circuit breakers (MCBs)
  • High-voltage connectors
  • Consumer electronics
  • Electric protection devices
  • E&E applications
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