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Solvay Specialty Polymers Halar® 558 ECTFE
Categories: Polymer; Thermoplastic; Fluoropolymer; ETFE/ECTFE; ECTFE Fluoropolymer

Material Notes: Halar® 558 fluoropolymer is a foamable grade for wire coating, including primary insulations, coaxial cable cores, cross-webs, fire alarm cable, jackets, and foam tubing. Like other grades of Halar® resin, this grade of resin offers broad use temperature capability, from cryogenic temperatures to 150°C, and excellent chemical resistance to a wide variety of acids, bases and organic solvents. Cables incorporating Halar® 558 have met the fire performance requirements called out in NFPA 90a ("Standard for Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems"). To meet these requirements they must pass NFPA 262 Standard Method of Test for Flame Travel and Smoke of Wire and Cables.

Applications: Cable Jacketing; Electronic Insulation

Color Master Batches
- In common with all other grades of Halar resins, Halar 558 can be easily pigmented with commercially available color concentrates. When coloring primary insulation with color concentrates it is highly recommended that the percentage used less than 1% by weight. This is due to the fact that color concentrates will affect the electrical properties of the primary insulation.

Safe Handling and Use
- Processing of Halar 558 fluoropolymer at temperatures above 572°F (300°C) is not recommended. Thermal degradation can occur at significant rates. When degradation occurs Halar 558 liberated hydrochloric acid (HCL) and hydrofluoric acid (HF) which are irritating, corrosive, and toxic gases at relatively low concentrations. Please refer to the Safe Handling of Fluoropolymer Resins published by the Society of Plastics Industry.
- To avoid inhalation of decomposition products, it is recommended that adequate local ventilation in the form of hoods or flexible duct be utilized to remove extrusion fumes. If handled inappropriately Halar 558 may release harmful toxic chemicals.

Extrusion notes: Halar 558 resin is a completely pre-compounded fluoropolymer which contains a nucleating agent, a chemical blowing agent that decomposes when the resin is extruded and a processing aid. There is no need to inject nitrogen gas into the system. The closed cell voids may be controlled from 0-70% by adjusting processing conditions such as melt temperature, head pressure and quench rates. If it is desired to reduce void content through reduction of blowing agent Halar 558 may be blended with Halar 500.
Halar 558 has been processed successfully with a number of different screw designs including a standard fluoropolymer design, with or without a pineapple mixing head including 3:1 compression ratio with 12/5/9 flights of feed/transition/compression respectively. Specific screws to avoid are rapid (1-2 flight) transition and Maddox mixing head designs.
Equipment/Tooling Recommendations
- Extruder Size: 1in to 2.5in
- Extruder L/D: 24:1
- Screens: 40 / 60
- Crosshead Type: Fixed or Adjustable
- Cone Length: 0.25in to 0.75in
- Line Speed: Up to 1700 fpm
- Tooling Set: Pressure
- Blow Up Ratio: 1.75 to 2.75

Information provided by Solvay Specialty Polymers.

Available Properties
  • Density, ASTM D792
  • Water Absorption at Saturation, ASTM D570
  • Melt Flow, ASTM D1238
  • Melting Point
  • Flammability, UL94
  • Oxygen Index, ASTM D2863
  • Zone 1, Extrusion
  • Zone 2, Extrusion
  • Zone 3, Extrusion
  • Zone 4, Extrusion
  • Die Temperature, Extrusion
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