Foster Corporation Expands Nano-Reinforced Polymer Product Range for Medical Devices
Published: Apr 02, 2013
Nano-reinforced compounds incorporate ultra-fine nano platelets that interact directly with the polymer structure to increase flexural properties and improve rigidity of components. Previously polymers such as polyamides (nylons) and thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) were often limited to 15% nano-reinforcement filler loading by weight to ensure dispersion of the ultra-fine platelets in the polymer matrix. Foster has developed proprietary compounding screw designs and processing methods that are now capable of achieving loadings up to 30% by weight resulting in flexural modulus increases up to 300% in common medical catheter materials such as TPEs.
Foster’s range of nano-reinforced compounds for thin-wall medical device applications include nylons, TPEs and thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) with nano-platelet reinforcement loadings from 1% to as high as 30%.
Nano-reinforcement technology allows engineers to tailor the properties of a medical device without changing the base polymer, which may be necessary to for co-extrusion or bonding applications. For example, the flexural modulus of a 72 durometer of a TPE polymer can be adjusted from 100,000 to 400,000 psi (690 to 2758 MPa) using nano-reinforcements up to 30% by weight.
For more information on nano-reinforced compounds for medical applications, please visit www.fostercomp.com.