Hytrel® Product Portfolio for Wire and Cable Applications
Hytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomers provide the flexibility of rubber, the strength of plastic, and the processability of thermoplastic. Hytrel® is also available in a full range of Shore D hardnesses (30D to 82D). They possess super hardness and stiffness properties, which allows for a broad scope and great flexibility in wire and cable applications.
Hytrel® is ideal for a number of applications. It offers improved fatigue performance in dynamic cables for off shore wind and marine energy. Plus outstanding flex fatigue performance in an array of drag chain cables/robotics use cases. Hytrel® also provides better “snapback” performance in jacketing and retractable cable for trucks.
Special grades of Hytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomer include heat stabilized, flame retardant. Concentrates include black pigments, UV protection additives, heat stabilizers and flame retardants.
PVC can be modified and compounded in many different ways to achieve specific properties for targeted end uses. Hytrel® can be added to improve mechanical performance, having the major advantage of also softening the final product without the issues of migratory plasticisers.
Hytrel® is a high molecular weight copolyester elastomer and, being a polymer itself, can be easily blended with PVC.
Hytrel® as a polymer does not contain any phthalate plasticiser.
Potential advantages of Hytrel® in a PVC compound:
Consistent performance over time, especially vs. conventional plasticisers.
Key requirements for optical fibers:
– Low shrinkage
– Protects fiber from mechanical damage
– Protects from external environment
– Long life
– Flexibility (end user, installation)
– Strip-ability (installation)
– Friction against duct (installation)
Hytrel® 5556, Hytrel® 6356, Hytrel® 7246 or Hytrel® 8238 are ideal materials for optical fibers applications, featuring flexibility and strength, good tear resistance and low CLTE. If you are looking for alternative to PA12, we’d suggest DuPont™ Hytrel® 8238, and if you are looking for easy strip-ability elastomers, then why not DuPont™ Hytrel® HTR8351?