CryoDyn CT-200 Performance
Victrex CT-200 resin used to produce CryoDyn CT-200 shapes is specially formulated for improved bearing and wear properties. CryoDyn CT-200 has a lower coefficient of friction than PCTFE, which can translate to lower actuation torque in properly designed components machined from CryoDyn CT-200. Its wear resistance also affords longer service life for cryogenic ball seat valves and similar applications based on laboratory tests of CT-200 resin conducted at -321oF (-196oC).
For sealing integrity in any end-use environment, machined applications must maintain their dimensional stability over wide temperature swings. Two factors play significant roles: The CT-200 polymer’s inherently lower coefficient of expansion compared to PCTFE, and Drake’s technology for extruding stock shapes with minimal internal stress levels. High residual stresses can result in distortion in machined parts when exposed to temperature fluctuations, and also make it difficult to machine seals with the consistent precision tolerances they require.
Drake CryoDyn CT-200 typically exhibits twice the mechanical strength of PCTFE. Its ability to maintain higher strength over a wide temperature range is a key asset in maintaining seal integrity. It also has the level of ductility necessary to replace PCTFE in seals based on testing from -321oF (-196oC) to +302oF (+150oC).
Design engineering note: PCTFE has a much higher elongation than CryoDyn CT-200. As a result, some component design differences such as thinner sealing sections should be expected with CryoDyn CT-200 as a PCTFE alternative for parts to function properly given CT-200’s higher strength and lower elongation.
Mechanical properties testing on CryoDyn CT-200 shows that it has greater creep resistance than PCTFE, an advantage in maintaining sealing effectiveness longer under high loads especially as temperatures increase.
Thermal conductivity is another performance factor where CryoDyn CT-200 excels as a higher performance alternative to PCTFE, a much more insulative material. Parts machined from CryoDyn CT-200 shapes conduct heat faster and respond to temperature changes more uniformly to maintain their interface with mating surfaces for better sealing performance.