Press release
October 17, 2013

New transparent polyamide grade allows for steam sterilization, closing the gap with polysulfone

Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries has developed a highly transparent polyamide on the basis of innovative monomers that can withstand higher temperatures. TROGAMID® RS6121 (development name) allows for steam sterilization at 134 °C and a pressure of 2 bar.

Transparent polyamides form a special group among semi-crystalline polyamides. Their uses place the highest demands on polymeric properties. Combined success factors for industrial use and application in medical technology and optics include resistance to chemicals, static and dynamic durability and abrasion resistance. The material's inadequate temperature resistance, however, used to present an obstacle for a number of application areas. The newly developed polyamide TROGAMID® RS6121 significantly improves the performance of the TROGAMID® CX product family. It allows for applications that used to be reserved for other polymers such as polysulfones because of temperature resistance requirements.

The highly transparent TROGAMID® CX polyamides are plastics made of asymmetrical polymer components that reduce the customary crystalline polyamide morphology or form micro-crystalline structures that have no influence on transparency. TROGAMID® RS6121 was developed on the basis of innovative monomers. Just as the other proven products, it is highly transparent. In addition to the known basic properties of the TROGAMID® CX family such as excellent resistance to chemicals, high static and dynamic durability as well as abrasion resistance, high impact resistance, good weather resistance and scratch resistance, this grade has a few additional characteristics that make it especially suited for applications with higher temperature requirements.

Thus, the (dry) glass transition temperature of TROGAMID® RS6121 is approx. 30° C higher than in TROGAMID® CX7323, which ultimately results in a higher maximum continuous use temperature. Thanks to the significantly reduced water absorption of below two percent, the glass transition temperature does not fall below 134 °C, even when saturated. Components made of TROGAMID® RS6121 can therefore be steam-sterilized at 134 °C and 2 bar without any impact on mechanical properties. Alternative sterilization methods rely on gamma radiation or ethylene oxide. Additionally, TROGAMID® RS6121 is approx. 20% less dense than, for example, PSU. The combination of these properties opens up a multitude of new application fields for the new product in medical technology, the electrical industry, as well as automotive and mechanical engineering.

About Evonik

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders
in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik's corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2012 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €13.4 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.4 billion (excluding Real Estate in both cases).


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