Body Structure Uses Solvay's KetaSpire® PEEK for Strength, Chemical Resistance, and Long-lasting Performance

ALPHARETTA, Ga., October 1, 2013 – Amphenol Pcd, a leading manufacturer of interconnect products for military, commercial aerospace and industrial applications, has developed a unique raceway attachment which significantly improves wire installation during airplane construction. The raceway attachment features a body structure made of KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for high strength, excellent chemical resistance, and exceptional long-term performance in hot-wet environments.

Amphenol’s novel attachment for aircraft wiring installation is a high-strength tool-less option that improves efficiency, minimizes error, and speeds installation, according to Victor Muller, Commercial Air Business Manager for Amphenol Pcd. “KetaSpire® PEEK delivers a high level of performance in terms of heat and chemical resistance that is required in this demanding aerospace application,” said Muller. The custom-designed raceway attachment is currently specified on Boeing’s 777 airplanes.

The body structure made of KetaSpire® PEEK resin holds the wire harness assembly securely and is attached to a rail which is situated on the airframe. The injection molded body structure is a three-part assembly that includes a body, pin, and adapter that are snap-fit together. The entire structure made of Ketaspire® PEEK measures 3.5 inches by 2.0 inches by 2.5 inches (8.9 cm by 5.1 cm by 6.4 cm). The newly designed raceway attachment is installed in multiple locations throughout the airplane during construction.

Along with KetaSpire® PEEK’s performance attributes, the lightweight material can reduce part wall thickness and provide additional weight savings.

KetaSpire® PEEK is one of the industry’s most chemically resistant plastics and offers excellent strength, superior fatigue resistance, and a continuous-use temperature up to 240°C (464°F). Glass fiber-reinforced and carbon fiber-reinforced grades provide a wide range of performance options for demanding applications.

About Solvay Specialty Polymers 
Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures more high-performance plastics than any other company in the world. The company supplies over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds – for use in Aerospace, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Healthcare, Membranes, Oil & Gas, Packaging, Plumbing, Semiconductors, Wire & Cable, and other markets.

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aerospace or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,400 people in 56 countries and generated 9.9 billion euros in net sales in 2013. Solvay SA is listed as SOLB.BE on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).