The optimal balance of chemical, mechanical and thermal propertiesSocket head cap screw

PEEK socket head cap screws (chemically known as Polyetheretherketone) offer a unique combination of properties for some of the most extreme applications. PEEK is classified as semicrystalline thermoplastic and high purity polymer, offering excellent mechanical strength and chemical resistance at high temperatures. PEEK socket head cap screws offer a high strength alternative to PTFE fluoropolymers.

Key Benefits

  • Excellent resistance to thermal degradation (chemical decomposition caused by heat).
  • Chemically resistance to many oils, alcohols, solvents, and organics as well as harsh acids and bases in low concentrations and temperatures.
  • Hydrolysis resistance provides PEEK ability to retain all physical properties when continuously exposed to water or steam at high temperatures and pressures, as well as offer very low moisture absorption.
  • Outstanding creep resistance allows PEEK screws to sustain large stresses over long service life.
  • Ability to withstand frequent sterilization processes.
  • V-0 flammability rating with low smoke and toxic gas emission when exposed to flame.
  • Good wear and abrasion resistance.
  • Electrical properties are maintained over a wide frequency and temperature range.
  • Radiation resistance allows PEEK to be used in or be repeatedly sterilized by, high doses of ionizing radiation.

Options for High Strength
Depending on the application, PEEK socket head cap screws can be reinforced with glass or carbon fibers for improved strength and stiffness properties. Reinforced PEEK socket head cap screws offer greater mechanical robustness especially in applications beyond 350°F (175°C).

Applications

  • Viewed by the medical community as an advanced biomaterial, PEEK socket head cap screws are used in medical implants and are compatible with a high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • PEEK screws are one of the few plastics compatible with ultra-high vacuum (UHV) which is necessary for many analytic techniques and particle accelerators.
  • Chemical processing and pharmaceutical applications depend on PEEK for it’s chemical resistance, high purity and ability to withstand sterilization processes.
  • PEEK socket head cap screws are used in many electronics from cell phones to circuit boards for their lightweight strength and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Socket head cap screws made from customer specified PEEK grades are available upon request. See our online store (right side) for common PEEK socket head cap screws or contact us for specialty or quantity requests.

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PEEK Socket Head Cap Screw Features and Benefits

When it comes to PEEK socket head cap screws, it’s all about clearance. These screws are the best choice for applications with limited installation access or clearance. Yet if you have an application with a lot of debris, you may want to select a PEEK hex head bolt or hex head cap screw, as they don’t have a socket drive which could get clogged.

Advantages:

  • Ideal for applications with limited access as they require very little clearance around the fastener.
  • Socket head cap screws can be used in locations where externally wrenched fasteners aren't desirable.
  • Weight reduction on application as PEEK socket head cap screws are smaller – being that the cylindrical heads of socket screws need less space than hex heads and require no additional wrench space.
  • Also known for safety, reliability and economy.

PEEK Socket Head Cap Screw Grades

PEEK 100% / Unfilled

PEEK, with no fillers is unreinforced and 100% polymer. Even without glass or carbon fiber reinforcement, this one of the strongest polymers we offer and well suited for a variety of applications including FDA food contact and other applications requireing high purity. 

PEEK Glass Fiber Reinforced

PEEK 30% Glass Fiber Reinforced provide the same chemical resistance and natural PEEK but nearly doubles in tensile strength.

PEEK Carbon Fiber Reinforced 

PEEK 20% Carbon Fiber Reinforced provides approximately 2.5 times the strength of pure PEEK. 

PEEK Extreme

PEEK Extreme is our proprietary receipe for the highest strength PEEK utilizing carbon fiber reinforcement. This version of PEEK over 3 times stronger than standard unreinforced PEEK. 

 


 Mechanical Properties of PEEK

PEEK Tensile Curves 
Tensil Temperature Chart 11 2017

 Chemical Resistance of PEEK / Victrex®

PEEK Chemical Resistance


PEEK Properties

PEEK Properties

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