Polyetherimides (PEI) are an important class of high performance engineering thermoplastics that compete with poly-ketones, polyamideimides, and polysulfones in many engineering applications
PEI resins are available in transparent and opaque custom colors, unreinforced as well as carbon or glass (fiber) filled. The most common polyimides are synthesized from pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4-diamino diphenyl ether or similar etherdiamines (Kapton type). Most grades can be molded with conventional molding methods such as injection, compression or blow-molding. However, high processing temperatures are required due to the high melting or softening point (about 350 - 400°C).
PEIs have outstanding thermal, mechanical, and chemical properties and are often a good choice for very demanding applications where very high mechanical strength in combination with high temperature, corrosion, and wear resistance are required. They resist most chemicals including hydrocarbons, alcohols and halogenated solvents and have excellent long-term creep resistance. In many structural applications, they can replace metals and other high performance materials. Applications include high-performance parts in the electronic and electrical industry as well as aerospace and under-the-hood automotive parts.This high strength material offers excellent chemical resistance and ductile properties suitable for various applications, even those including steam exposure