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Bearing Materials

TriStar offers a wide range of bearing materials that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications.

Saint Gobain Materials

TriStar is the exclusive partner of Saint Gobain for Rulon materials in North America. 

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Materials Database

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Since 1982 we have been combining the skills of TriStar’s engineering team, our extensive product line, and our deep understanding of a broad range of industries to bring you solutions to your most challenging engineering needs.

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TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearing materials. 

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Fluoroloy® High Performance Materials

 

Custom formulated compounds for extreme, high performance sealing applications.

Fluoroloy brand grades are custom formulated compounds and alloys for extreme and specialty sealing applications including PTFE and PTFE blends, fluoropolymers, PEEK and UHMW-PE. Fluoroloy has been developed to perform in the most diverse and extreme applications.

  • Low friction and wear
  • Broad chemical compatibility
  • Use temperature from -450°F to 600°F (-268°C to 316°C)
  • Pressure from vacuum to 50,000 psi (3,448 bar)
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Fluoroloy Grades Comparison Chart

Use this materials chart1 to determine which formulation will work best for your application. Let us know if you have any questions.

Fluoroloy Grades Grade A01 A08 A09 A12 A15 A16 A22 A30
Color White Tan Gold Lt. Brown Dk. Gray Dk. Gray Tan Yellow
Physical Specific Gravity - 2.16 2.03 0.94 1.95 2.23 2.13 1.30 2.19
Mechanical Tensile Strength psi 4,000 3,000  4,500 2,000 3,400 3,000 13,780 2,700
Tensile Modulus psi 56,000 55,000 77,000 64,000 56,000 580,150 62,000
Elongation % 300 230 230 180 230 200 30 220
Compressive Strength2 psi 1,200 1,000 900 1,000 1,900 1,900 20,000 1,900
Compressive Modulus psi 81,000 95,000 77,000 - 120,000 110,000 354,000 128,000
Deformation Under Load3 % 10 8.3 10 3 8.5 7 0.03 7.2
Hardness Shore D 50-65 60 62 60 58 60 90 60
Coefficient of Friction - 0.05-0.08  0.20 0.11 0.12 0.09 - 0.40 0.09

Thermal

L.C.o.T.E4
Mold Dir.
In/In/°F 7.22x10-5 7.05x10-5 8.17x10-5 - 7.17x10-5 7.17x10-5  3.09x10-5 3.09x10-5
L.C.o.T.E4
Cross Dir.
In/In/°F 8.44x10-5 7.36x10-5 11.8x10-5 - 5.19x10-5 7.00x10-5  4.36x10-5  3.09x10-5
Working Temp. Range °F -450° to +600° -450° to +550°  -450 to +180° -450° to +550° -450° to +600° -450° to +500° Up to +260° -450° to +600°
  1. All testing is performed at room temperature unless otherwise specified. Fluoroloy is a registered trademark of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation.
  2. Compression strength was measured at 1% strain.
  3. Deformation under loead was tested at 2,000 psi for 24 hours.
  4. Linear Coefficient of Thermal Expansion - 78°F to 392°F.

Common Fluoroloy Grades

There are over 80 grades of Fluoroloy available. Here are some key details about several of the most common materials. Contact us to find out which grade is right for your application.

Fluoroloy A01

  • Excellent for light dynamic and static service
  • Limited wear and heat resistance
  • Low gas permeability
  • Good cryogenic properties
  • Moderate to hard vacuum service
  • FDA approved

Fluoroloy A08

  • Superior heat and wear resistance
  • Recommended for moderate to high speed dynamic service running against soft metals
  • Non-abrasive

Fluoroloy A09

  • Extremely tough, long-wearing material
  • Excellent in water and water-based fluids, particularly suitable for abrasive media
  • Recommended for long wear life under severe conditions
  • Limited heat and chemical resistance

Fluoroloy A12

  • Excellent wear and heat resistance
  • Non-abrasive
  • Recommended for moderate to high speed service running against soft or hard metals
  • Performs well against lubricated and non-lubricated surfaces

Fluoroloy A15

  • Similar to A27 material but somewhat softer for improved sealing at low pressure
  • Can be abrasive running against soft metals

Fluoroloy A16

  • Excellent general purpose material for heat and wear resistance
  • Recommended for dry and poorly lubricated applications
  • Particularly suitable for water and steam service

Fluoroloy A22

  • A high modulus material with excellent high-temperature resistance
  • Recommended for back-up rings and for special applications

Fluoroloy A30

  • Excellent heat, wear, and chemical resistance
  • Good cryogenic properties
  • Caution: can be abrasive running against soft metals at high surface speed
  • Excellent material for back-up rings