What Does Thermosetting Fluoropolymer Mean?
A thermosetting fluoropolymer is a fluorocarbon-based polymer material that is mechanically classified as a thermoset as opposed to a thermoplastic. This compound consists of a multi carbon-fluorine bonded structure and is renowned for its resistance to solvent, acids and bases.
Another unique attribute of thermosetting fluoropolymers is their insusceptibility to van der Waals forces. This adds to their non-stick properties, such as those seen in the fluoropolymer variation, polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).
Corrosionpedia Explains Thermosetting Fluoropolymer
Thermosetting fluoropolymer compounds are used extensively in the paint and coatings industry. In addition to their other benefits, this material also possesses formidable resistance to heat and UV exposure. These properties, combined with their resistance to chemical attack and van der Waals forces, make them a valuable component for the production of exterior and architectural coatings.
Thermosetting fluoropolymer coatings are ideal for protecting both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from corrosive environments up to 238°C (460°F) and more. Many of these coatings are also FDA approved because their chemical inertness makes them safe for food handling and preparation equipment.