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PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride) is a semi-crystalline fluoropolymer. Fluoropolymers are great insulators and have hightemperature and chemical resistances. However, they are often soft and susceptible to creep failure. PVDF is a fluoropolymer with relatively high mechanical properties. Typical applications include corrosive environments requiring the chemical resistance of a fluoroplastic, while also needing the higher mechanical properties than a PTFE or PCTFE can provide. It has a long-term service temperature of 300 °F.

PVDF is white in color and is available in a wide range of rod and sheet sizes. It is also commonly used to make tubing or films for insulating applications. It is also inherently non-flammable and FDA compliant and therefore commonly utilized in food processing and chemical processing applications. Its electrical and flame properties have lead to PVDF being commonly used it lithium-ion batteries and for cable jackets as well.

It is easily machined with common metal working equipment. Tolerances of +/-.001 can be achieved with experience

Specification Test Value Units
Specific Gravity, 73°F D792 1.78 -
Tensile Strength @ Yield, 73°F D638 7,800 psi
Tensile Modulus of Elasticity, 73°F D638 350,000 psi
Tensile Elongation (at break), 73°F D638 35 %
Flexural Strength, 73°F D790 14,700 psi
Flexural Modulus of Elasticity D790 410,000 psi
Shear Strength, 73°F D732 - psi
Compressive Strength - Ultimate   psi
Compressive Strength at 2% Deformation D695 psi
Compressive Strength at 10% Deformation D695 11,600 psi
Deformation Under Load   %
Compressive Modulus of Elasticity, 73°F D695 160,000  
Compressive Strength ⊥ to Laminate (Modulus)   psi
Compressive Strength ⊥ to Laminate (Yield)   psi
Compressive Strength ⊥ to Laminate (Ultimate)   psi
Hardness, Durometer (Shore "D" scale) D2240 79  
Hardness, Rockwell (Scale as noted) D785 M79 Rockwell M
Izod Impact, Notched @ 73°F D256 Type A 1.97 ft.lbs/in. of notch
Coefficient of Friction (Dry vs Steel) Static PTM 55007 -  
Coefficient of Friction (Dry vs Steel) Dynamic PTM 55007 -  
Maximum Static Bearing Load (P) PTM 55007 - psi
Maximum Unlubricated No Load Bearing Velocity (V) PTM 55007 - ft/minute
Maximum Limiting PV (Unlubricated) PTM 55007 - psi x ft/min.
Wear Factor "K" x 10-10 PTM 55010 - Cubic in.-min/ft.lbs.hr
Sand Wheel Wear/Abrasion Test   - UHMW=100
Minimum Mating Surface Hardness   - Rockwell (Brinnell)
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion E-831 (TMA) 7.1 in/in/°F x 10-5
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion // to Laminates E-831 (TMA) 7.1 in/in/°F x 10-5
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion I to Laminates E-831 (TMA) 7.1 in/in/°F x 10-5
Softening Point   °F
Heat Deflection Temperature 264 psi D648 235 °F
Embrittlement Temperature   -65 °F Min.
Continuous Service Temperature in Air   300 °F Max.
Short Term Service Temperature   300 °F Max.
Tg-Glass Transition (Amorphous) D3418 -31 °F
Melting Point (Crystalline) Peak D3418 342 °F
Thermal Conductivity F433 1.32 BTU-in/(hr/ft2°F)
Dielectric Strength Short Term D149 510 Volts/mil
Surface Resistivity D257 >1x1010 ohm/cm
Volume Resistivity D257 >5x1014 ohm/cm
Dielectric Constant, 106 Hz D150 7.0  
Dissipation Factor, 106 Hz D150 0.02  
Flammability @ 3.1mm(1/8 in.) UL94 UL94 V-O  
Arc Resistance     seconds
Water Absorption, Immersion 24 Hours D570 (2) 0.02 %
Water Absorption, Immersion Saturation D570 (2) - %
Machinability Rating   3 1=easy, 10=difficult
Rod Diameter Availability (Off the Shelf) .375-4.0 inches
Sheet Thickness Availability (Off the Shelf) .250-2.5 inches