Acetal, also known as delrin, is formed by polymerizing anhydrous formaldehyde to form an oxymethlylene chain. Acetal is used by RH Nuttall Limited to produce a variety of Acetal washers, Acetal gaskets, Acetal seals, and Acetal strip. Acetal is very strong and rigid and exhibits good chemical resistance.

Acetal is also a tough material with good dimensional stability, and a low coefficient of friction and therefore lends itself to a multitude of applications including gears, locks, and liners.

Acetal has an operating temperature range of -40 to +80°C, with a tensile strength of 8,800 psi, and a melting point of 160°C. Furthermore, Acetal has an excellent resistance to oils and alcohols, but a displays a poor resistance to acids. Adhesive backing can be applied to one or both faces if needed.

General Characteristics

  • Low coefficient of friction – Acetal is suitable for most moving parts allowing them to glide over surfaces smoothly and with less effort. Suitable for bearings, gears and most sliding parts.
  • Strong and rigid – Acetal is a very tough and durable material lending itself to applications where abrasion of parts is high. It provides very good wear strip material.
  • Good chemical resistance – Provides a strong resistance to oils which is important for many applications where lubricating fluid is essential including bearings.

Acetal components can be supplied in an opaque white colour. Ask a member of our sales team for more information. Data sheets can be supplied free of charge upon request.

Please note that information supplied by RH Nuttall Limited is given to the best of their knowledge, and should be for guidance purposes only. Data supplied is dependent on a specific application and is ultimately the customer’s own decision. Information supplied will vary between different grades of Acetal.

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