Kalix® HPPA (high-performance polyamide) is designed for structural components used in smart mobile electronic devices. They provide high strength, rigidity and a high-quality surface finish along with improved processing.

Kalix® HPPA products are highly glass-filled compounds that can replace metal in structural mobile electronic components where strength, rigidity and aesthetics are important such as housings, covers, chassis and frames.

Different base resins are used to tailor performance and processing requirements. Processing improvements include lower warpage, reduced shrinkage, and low to no flash.

Bio-sourced and halogen-free flame retardant grades are available.

KALIX® HPPA BASE RESINS
Kalix® HPPA Base Resin* Key Characteristics
9000 Series PARA General purpose
2000 Series PA 6, 10 High impact resistance, bio-sourced
5000 Series MXD6, variant Halogen-free flame retardant, low warpage

* PA = polyamide; PPA = polyphthalamide; MXD = meta-xylylene diamine; PARA = polyarylamide

Grades

Kalix® 9000 Series
Grade Description
9950 50% glass fiber, general purpose
9945 HFFR 45% glass fiber, halogen-free flame retardant

 

Kalix® 2000 Series, Bio-sourced
Grade Description
2955 55% glass fiber, high impact, lower warpage than 2855
2855 55% glass fiber, high impact, higher strength, stiffness and ductility than 2955

 

Kalix® 5000 Series
Grade Description
5950 HFFR 50% glass fiber, halogen-free flame retardant, low warpage

 

Mechanical Properties

Tensile Strength vs. Tensile Modulus 
ISO 527 test method

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Unnotched Izod Impact vs. Tensile Elongation at Break 
ISO 180 & ISO 527 test methods

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Flame Retardant

Flammability Ratings
Grade UL94 Rating
Kalix® 9950 HB at 0.6mm, all colors
Kalix® 9945 HFFR V0 at 0.4mm, all colors
Kalix® 5950 V0 at 0.4mm, all colors, 5VA at 1.5 mm, all colors

Aesthetics

Surface Appearance

Surface appearances vary in the level of gloss and surface roughness. Kalix® 5950 HFFR has the highest gloss and lowest surface roughness, giving it the best surface appearance overall. 
 

Surface Appearance 
ISO 1997 & ISO 2813 test methods (injection mold temperature, 120°C)

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Color Matching

Kalix® HPPA products can be matched to a wide color spectrum, including light and bright colors. They can also be painted with coatings commonly used in the mobile electronic device industry

Processing

Depending on the grade, Kalix® HPPA materials provide lower warpage, reduced shrinkage, and low to no flash. These improvements result in tighter dimensional tolerances and more cost-effective manufacturing due to fewer secondary operations such as deflashing.

 

Processing Guidelines
  Mold Temperature 
°C (°F)
Melt Temperature 
°C (°F)
Kalix® 9000 series 80-120 (176-248) 280-310 (536-590)
Kalix® 2000 series 80-120 (176-248) 270-300 (518-572)
Kalix® 5000 series 115-130 (239-266) 270-300 (518-572)

 

Flash Measurements 
Solvay internal test methods

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Shrinkage 
Solvay internal test methods

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Moisture Absorption

ISO 62 test method, in water after 24 hours at 23°C

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Bio-Sourced Polymers

Kalix® 2000 products contain monomers from the sebacic acid chain derived from non-food competing and GMO-free (genetically modified organism) castor oil. Their renewable content is calculated according to ASTM D6866 test method for determining bio-based carbon content.

Product Series Bio-Based Content* Base Resin
Kalix® 2000 base resin 61% PA 6, 10
Kalix® 2955 27%**  
Kalix® 2855 27%**  

* As determined according to ASTM D6866. 
** Bio-content corrected for glass fiber loading.

Applications

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Kalix® HPPA Technical Data Sheets