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Specialty Polymers for Drivetrain Systems 

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Drivetrain Components

High-Temperature Plastics for Long-Lasting Performance

Solvay Specialty Polymers offers a broad range of high-performance plastics with a proven track record of replacing metal in demanding automotive applications:

Key Features

  • Light weight for improved fuel efficiency
  • Parts consolidation for lower manufacturing and assembly costs
  • Noise and vibration dampening
  • Compatible with transmission fluids
  • Abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • High-temperature wear

Compatible Transmission Designs

  • Dual clutch (DCT)
  • Automated manual (AMT)
  • Continuously variable (CVT)
  • Automatic
  • Front wheel drive
  • Rear wheel drive
  • All wheel drive
  • Light Duty
  • High torque

Drivetrain Grades

  Dry Lubricated Seal Rings Thrust Washers Thrust Bearings Check Balls
TORLON® polyamide-imide (PAI)
Torlon 4203L    
Unfilled, high elongation
Torlon 4301    
High compressive strength
Torlon 4275  
Designed for high speeds
Torlon 4630  
Excellent wear resistance
Torlon 4645    
Excellent wear resistance
ketaspire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
KetaSpire KT-820 SL30    
Very good wear resistance
KetaSpire KT-820 SL45      
Very good wear resistance
AvaSpire® polyaryletherketone (pAEK)
AvaSpire AV-755 SL45      
Very good wear resistance. More cost effective than PEEK
Amodel® polyphthalamide (pPA)
Amodel AT-6130 HS        
Good wear resistance. Most cost effective

Typical Properties Comparison of Wear-Resistant Grades for Drivetrain

Torlon® PAI Grades
KetaSpire® PEEK & AvaSpire® PAEK Grades
Amodel® PPA Grades

Thrust Washers, Thrust Bearings, Needle Bearing Replacements Rings

  • Low creep
  • High compressive strength
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Excellent wear properties in dry and lubricated environments
  • Suitable for very high pressures and velocities
  • Molded-in oil grooves eliminate secondary machining costs

Check Balls

  • Excellent sealing and conformability
  • High compressive strength
  • Low creep
  • Lighter than metal for quicker response
  • Non-destructive to metal seat
  • Noise reduction

Seal Rings

  • Excellent sealing and conformability
  • High ductility for easier installation of small rings
  • Molded-in joint geometries reduce costs
  • Excellent wear properties in dry and lubricated
  • environments



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