Benefits and properties
- Low friction characteristics
- High flexibility and resilience
- Excellent chemical resistance
- No embrittlement over time
- High thermal conductivity
Broad foil yarn portfolio
For manufacturing our expanded graphite foil yarns, we solely use our high quality SIGRAFLEX foils. This allows us to offer a broad foil yarn portfolio and to guarantee that the yarn owns the same unique properties like the base foil grade. We manufacture e.g. foil yarns from SIGRAFLEX APX2 foil offering maximum protection against oxidation and from SIGRAFLEX Z foil having very low ash contents, especially halogen levels e.g. for nuclear applications.
Over knitted wire reinforcement
The over knitted wire reinforcement is Inconel® 601 which provides the added tensile suitable for braiding. The wire also possesses excellent high temperature behavior. In addition it also improves the foil yarn’s and is suitably lubricated with no detriment to the high temperature performance and purity of the yarn.
Application-specific suitability of our SIGRAFLEX foil yarns
We offer the best foil yarn for your individual application. Please ask us.
|Application||Flexible graphite 1)|
|Nuclear power plants||•|
|Temperature > 2000 °C (non-ox)||•|
Product characteristics of our SIGRAFLEX foil yarns
The quality and state of the yarn used is crucial to the properties of braided packing, in addition to an adequate manufacturing method. We are glad to help you select the ideal grade and variant for your specific application. Please just ask.
|Typical properties||Test methods||Unit||SIGRAFLEX APX2 yarn||SIGRAFLEX Z yarn|
|Base material||SIGRAFLEX APX2 foil||SIGRAFLEX Z foil|
|Reinforcement 1)||Inconel 601||Inconel 601|
|Carbon content 2)||ASTM D5373||%||≥ 98||≥ 99.85|
|Ash content 2)||ASTM C561||%||≤ 2||≤ 0.15|
|Sulfur content 2)||ASTM D4239||ppm||< 300||< 300|
|Chloride content 2)||ASTM D4327||ppm||≤ 25||≤ 10|
|Fluoride content 2)||ASTM D4327||ppm||≤ 10||≤ 10|
|Halogen content 2)||ASTM D4327||ppm||≤ 70||≤ 40|
|Weight 2)||ASTM D1907||g/m||3 or 5||3|
|Tensile strength||ASTM D2256||kg (lb)||8 (18)||8 (18)|
|Weight loss from air (at 670 °C/ 1238 °F) 2)||ASTM D7582 LECO TGA||%/h||≤ 1||≤ 4|
Brochures, technical data and information sheets as well as approvals and test reports on our SIGRAFLEX products can be found in our Download Center.