Specialty Polymers for Sanitary Systems
With over 20 years of experience as a leading supplier of cost-efficient metal replacement materials in sanitary systems, Solvay’s high-performance polymers provide design advantages and superior quality for today’s water management applications. Our researchers formulate a broad portfolio of specialty polymers that offer a unique combination of high strength and corrosion resistance to provide advanced sanitary systems with increased durability and reliability.
Our versatile thermoplastics are designed to outperform metal with cost-efficient and corrosion-free properties to ensure long lasting resistance and stability for components exposed to hot and cold water sanitary environments. Sanitary system components must resist corrosion from chlorine used in water sanitation applications to ensure long-term performance. Solvay’s specialty polymers offer high resistance when exposed to harsh additives and eliminate heavy metal contamination in tap water for longer-lasting sanitary systems.
Our broad portfolio of high-quality thermoplastics offer high stiffness, advanced dimensional stability and improved chemical resistance in addition to aesthetically advanced surface finishes for sanitary components such as faucet cartridges, fixtures and stop valves.
Advances in Design Flexibility
Sophisticated materials provide OEMs with advanced solutions for thinner, sleeker sanitary system components. Solvay’s specialty polymers are formulated with unique properties, such as injection molding capabilities and high-quality surface finishes, to allow for unmatched design flexibility. For example, Ryton® PPS offers very low viscosity which allows this specialty polymer to be injected into thin-walled components, while Ixef® PARA is uniquely suited for aesthetic applications by providing a high-quality surface finish that is ideal for painting and metallization.
Outstanding Resistance Properties
Solvay’s specialty polymers are engineered with outstanding resistance to chemicals, corrosion, changing temperatures, oxidative aging and creep rupture to offer sanitary systems advanced, cost-competitive metal replacement solutions. The superior durability of our high-quality polymers ensures long-term performance in complex sanitary environments. For example, Radel® PPSU has the highest creep rupture resistance of any sulfone polymer for easy integration in high-heat and high-pressure applications.
Excellent Dimensional Stability
Solvay’s specialty polymers for use in sanitary system components maintain high-quality performance despite the presence of significant levels of heat and humidity. Our advanced materials are uniquely formulated to retain strength and stiffness while simultaneously resisting warpage from moisture absorption and thermal expansion. Solvay’s Amodel® PPA is especially suited for use in sanitary applications as it exhibits exceptional tensile strength even when exposed to high levels of moisture and humidity.
Effect of moisture on tensile strength, ASTM test method
Specialty Polymers Consistently Outperform Metal
Sanitary systems comprised of metal components are susceptible to corrosion, warpage, and thermal conduction which results in decreased efficiency compared to polymer-based sanitary applications. Solvay’s specialty polymers are designed to exhibit lower levels of noise, better thermal insulation, lower manufacturing and installation costs and a reduced environmental footprint compared to metal components.