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Flame Retardancy

Features of Crastin®

Crastin® PBT – the standard for polyester fire safety

Crastin® PBT helps provide additional safety in the event of a fire by not supporting its own flame. Crastin® PBT is able to extinguish its own flame using some specialised flame retardant additive packages even with capabilities down to 0.4mm wall sections.

Most grades also come with official UL yellow card and IEC certifications proving validated test data for the products.

Choose Crastin® PBT for its many properties when it comes to safety:

  • Flame retardant properties
  • Electrical insulation at temperature
  • High Current Tracking Index ratings
  • Dimensional stability in moist environments
  • Non-halogenated FR chemistry
  • Thermal ageing resistance

Crastin® Flame Retardant portfolio

The growing Crastin® flame retardant product consists of 30 product lines of either traditional flame retardant technologies and new non-halogenated grades.

  • Traditional flame retardant additive packages
  • New non-halogenated technologies
  • Unfilled FR grades
  • Low shrinkage FR grades
  • Super tough FR grades
  • Low warpage FR grades
  • Metal replacement FR Technologies
  • Hydrolysis resistant FR packages
Crastin FR

With miniaturisation, electrical terminal bocks need flame retardancy in very thin wall sections.

Crastin FR

Crastin® non-halogenated FR technology

Non-halogenated flame retardant chemistry is the latest technology to both help the environment and comply with the latest ROHS and WEEE directives by avoiding antimony and halogenated chemicals. The technology has been around for some time, but DuPont™ patented non-halogenated technology helps maintain mechanical properties, CTI ratings and reduce wear to moulding machines and mould tools.

When replacing traditional halogenated flame retardant chemistries, we need to ensure we retain crucial properties such as mechanical properties, ease of processing and electrical resistance, as the latest non-halogenated chemistries can compromise these areas. As a general rule, using non-halogenated flame retardant chemistry, you need to add more to the formulation to make it as effective as older technologies. This then means less physical polymer and more flame retardant minerals.

Crastin® FR684NH1 - non-halogenated FR with excellent mechanical properties

Crastin® FR684NH1 has become a leading grade for electrical applications whether it be for electrical vehicles, commercial circuit breakers or other applications demanding high rigidity, non-halogenated flame retardancy and excellent electrical insulation properties. The specialised formulation pioneered by DuPont™ balances the needs of non-halogenated chemistry, but inducing brittleness. Comparing this grade with standard Crastin® PBT FR grades, we can see that we still have metal like rigidity using glass fibre technology, but also maintain a good elongation at break.

Crastin® FR684NH1 vs. traditional flame retardant grades

Crastin® FR684NH1 – no compromise to the mechanical properties when looking at the tensile modulus and elongation at break. Elongation at break is a great measure to compare when looking at the new versus traditional technologies.

Crastin FR1

Crastin® FR684NH1 – using the latest non-halogenated flame retardant systems, we can still achieve a UL94 V0 rating down to 0.75mm’s providing options around miniaturisation.

Crastin FR

Crastin® FR684NH1 – excellent thermal resistance and best-in-class Current Index tracing results (CTI) providing the extra electrical safety you need in the event of a surface contamination providing a potential electrical short circuit pathway.

Crastin FR

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