by A. A. Vahora and J. J. Henry, L. Puglia, High Performance Polymer Division, Arkema Inc.
For many years, PVDF polymers have been used in high-performance cable applications including plenum communication cables, automotive cables, aviation and military cables and appliance wiring. The selection of PVDF polymers is largely due to a unique combination of properties, including flame and smoke resistance, abrasion resistance, high flexibility, chemical resistance, outdoor weathering resistance and the ability to be e-beam crosslinked. The wide range of useful properties provided by PVDF polymers helps make them a valuable tool for resolving unique problems under challenging applications. PVDF polymers available include both homopolymers and copolymers.