Specialty Polymers for Plumbing Applications

Solvay’s family of specialty polymers for use in the plumbing industry are durable, chemically resistant, and corrosion free to contribute to an easier installation process and a more sustainable plumbing system. Our high-performing plastics are specially formulated to combine low water absorption and extreme toughness with chemical inertness and thermal stability to deliver long-term performance in harsh environments. Traditional metal-based components for plumbing systems are easily susceptible to corrosion and contamination. Accordingly, OEMs demand tough, cost-competitive alternatives to increase performance and ensure safety for plumbing parts and products.
 

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Solvay's specialty polymers are capable of enduring more than 50 years of exposure to high-pressure and high-temperature water. These materials are ideally suited for medium to long-term plumbing applications. Our comprehensive range of chemically resistant, corrosion free specialty polymers has advanced the plumbing industry in reliable product performance and level of water purity to help achieve Drinking Water Approved certifications. The advanced properties of Solvay's line of specialty polymers set the standard of the quality and production of injectable and moldable materials for plumbing applications such as valves, fittings, manifolds, water meters and pumps. 

Solvay meets the highest industry standards for: Corrosion resistance • No scale deposit • No biofilm adhesion • No contamination by heavy metals • Ease of assembly • Low noise • Good thermal insulation • Lower cost • Reduced environmental footprint.
 

Specialty Polymers Protect Water Purity

Plumbing systems must maintain high purity levels to meet the stringent industry standards for health and safety. We voluntarily certify all of our products for Drinking Water Approval, even in harsh chemical and extreme temperature plumbing environments. Our specialty polymers enact the highest levels of chemical inertness and hydrolytic stability to ensure long-term assurance of water potability. 

Solvay engineers have formulated high-quality polymers to outperform traditional metals for water purity by eliminating the concern of heavy metal contamination in drinking water systems. Beyond metal contamination, our high chemically and thermally sustainable polymers also lead the industry in resistance to harmful biofilm adhesion typically found in lower quality plastics and metal parts. For example, Solvay’s Radel® PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) has extreme hydrolytic stability over conventional polyamides to advance potable water potential in piping systems. 
 

Drinking Water Agency Approvals

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Long-term Reliable Performance of Specialty Polymers

Intricate plumbing systems do not facilitate easy or continual entry for the replacement of parts. In response to behind the wall plumbing systems that are difficult to access, Solvay offers dimensionally and thermally stable polymers that outlast lower grade thermoplastics and traditional metal parts to prolong expected system life cycle and minimize the need for regular interaction with the plumbing components. 

Solvay’s highly durable polymers withstand chemical, thermal and mechanical distress. They guarantee no scale deposit, low creep and resistance to corrosion, temperature and oxidative aging. For example, Ryton® PPS combines chemical and dimensional stability with extremely low viscosity to allow for injection molding for thin-walled plumbing parts that endure extremely high temperatures. 
 

Typical operating temperatures

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Specialty Polymers Outperform Metal

Traditional metal plumbing components are susceptible to corrosion that eventually builds scale deposit and infiltrates drinking water after long term exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures. Implementing specialty polymers as a replacement to metal reduces or eliminates all common metal-based concerns. Solvay’s polymer formulas also reduce noise, enable better thermal insulation and lessen the overall environmental footprint of plumbing systems when compared to any traditional metal plumbing product. These advanced thermoplastics guarantee durable, chemically resistant and hydrolytically stable properties and provide OEMs with long-lasting and cost-competitive materials for use in today’s plumbing systems. 
 

Radel® PPSU

Radel® PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) is the highest performing specialty sulfone polymer in its class. Formulated with the most advanced creep rupture resistance capability and impact strength, this high-grade material provides plumbing systems with extreme durability and reliability. Radel® PPSU combines excellent chemical resistance and outstanding hydrolytic stability to retain its original properties even after prolonged exposure to high pressure and high-temperature environments. Solvay's Radel® PPSU is a tough thermoplastic that serves as a sustainable metal replacement for advanced plumbing systems to ensure ease of assembly, corrosion resistance and no contamination by heavy metal. 

The resin durability and impressive longevity make Radel® PPSU a cost-competitive choice for metal insert moldings, welded and molded end caps, manifolds, boiler tanks, solar thermal tanks, faucet cartridges, flexible hoses and various valves. Additionally, the high heat resistance and hydrolytic stability of Radel® PPSU are suitable for hot water fittings in multilayer piping systems that operate under high pressure (up to 10 bar) and temperatures of up to 95°C. 

 

Udel® PSU 

Udel® PSU (polysulfone) is a transparent plastic with extremely high strength and outstanding heat resistance. As a rigid and semi-tough compound, it offers more hydrolytic stability than traditional sulfone polymers. In addition to its structural reliability, Udel® PSU is dimensionally stable and environmentally resistant to hot water and steam. When submerged in water, Udel® PSU ensures good creep resistance and low water uptake, which makes this specialty polymer the standard in hot chlorinated water environments. 

Udel® PSU has successfully replaced brass in pressurized hot water applications for over 20 years. The specialty polymer’s ability to adapt to diverse heat and climate guarantees cost-effective material for systems that require continuous exposure to hot chlorinated water, including fitting bodies, manifolds, balancing valves and faucet cartridges. 

 

Acudel® Modified PPSU 

Acudel® Modified PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) is a high-grade polymer that enhances the performance of plumbing systems with its inherent ability to maintain hydrolytic and dimensional stability. In addition to its exceptional toughness and high chemical resistance, Acudel® Modified PPSU’s proprietary formulation fills the cost-performance gap between PPSU and polysulfone (PSU). Additionally, Acudel® Modified PPSU's outstanding durability and high resistance to external conditions provide plumbing system components for less demanding pressure and temperature requirements.

Using Acudel® Modified PPSU for pipe systems promotes a more sustainable, drinking water-approved, non-metal contaminated system than a traditional metal-based system. Acudel® Modified PPSU’s durability and multifaceted resistance make this specialty polymer an advanced material choice for various valves, fittings, faucets, cartridges, flexible hoses and manifolds.

 

Solef® PVDF 

Solef® PVDF is a fluorinated semi-crystalline thermoplastic that provides outstanding resistance to chemicals, UV light and fatigue. In addition to high-resistance, this high-performance specialty polymer also offers advanced barrier properties, such as scratch resistance. Solef® PVDF necessitates no extra additives because of its low values of leachables and extractables. This property makes its products inherently plasticizer-free and grants Solef® PVDF intrinsic stability when exposed to harsh environments. Formulated with outstanding chemical inertness to most chemicals, compounds and solvents, Solef® PVDF contains unparalleled durability and functions as a foundational polymer in sustainability. 

Solef® PVDF's high long-term hydrostatic strength (LTHS) properties are well-suited for the high-pressure and extreme thermal environments found in multilayer piping systems. This high-performance polymer is widely utilized in critical systems that require extremely high purity, such as membranes for drinking water filtration, and plumbing. Additionally, the advanced properties of Solef® PVDF make it ideal for applications including fittings, sliding sleeves, manifolds, pipes, lining and coatings. As this multi-faceted polymer is resistant to bleach concentrations found in various sanitation devices, Solef® PVDF is an advantageous alternative for use in waste disposal systems. 

 

Ryton® PPS 

Ryton® PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) is an ultra-resistant polymer that provides high chemical resistance, low viscosity and exceptional dimensional stability in water due to its low absorption rates. As a leader in internal cellular longevity, Ryton® PPS offers outstanding thermal stability and high chemical resistance when used in a wide variety of solvents and chemicals at elevated temperatures.

Ryton® PPS is equipped with advanced mechanical properties for use in injections into thin-walled parts in water meters, heat meters, pumps, manifolds, boiler components, various valves, faucet cartridges, solar thermal tanks and threaded fittings. Ryton® PPS’s remarkable dimensional stability provides complex parts with extremely tight tolerances in molding capabilities and maintains stability in harsh chemical environments and long-term temperatures of up to 200°C (392°F).

 

Amodel® PPA 

Amodel® PPA (polyphthalamide) is a high-performance aromatic polyamide that leads its competitors in higher strength and stiffness at elevated temperatures, better dimensional stability, and superior resistance to creep and fatigue. Amodel® PPA utilizes its low moisture absorption properties to maintain its initial strength and stiffness for use in humid environments such as plumbing systems.

With excellent temperature and humidity resistance, Amodel® PPA is ideal for systems with intermittent exposure to hot chlorinated water such as manifolds, pumps, water meters, balancing valves, faucet cartridges and threaded fittings.

 

Omnix® HPPA

Omnix® HPPA is a family of chemically resistant polyamides that bridge the cost-performance gap between lower performing PA66 and higher performing polyphthalamide, such as Amodel® PPA. Omnix® HPPA is a trusted polymer for high strength and stiffness retention. Not only is its durability longer-lasting, but it also demonstrates better dimensional stability and lower warpage. As a high-performing, chemically resistant polymer, Omnix HPPA is a durable, reliable, and cost-effective component in plumbing system manufacturing. 

Omnix® HPPA contains sophisticated mechanical and physical properties that are well-suited for a wide variety of valves, manifolds, water meters, boiler tanks and components, and faucet cartridges.