As oilfield drilling moves deeper, extrusion of polymer components has become a critical challenge due to the high temperatures and pressures found at these depths. Commonly referred to as HPHT environments, they are hotter than 350°F (177°C) with pressures above 15 ksi.
Arlon® 3000 XT is an engineering thermoplastic developed to withstand these extreme conditions. With improved creep and extrusion resistance at temperatures above 350°F (177°C), it enhances performance over existing PAEK polymers. In DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis), Arlon 3000 XT had a Tg 35°F (20°C) higher than PEEK, and provided superior mechanical property retention from 350°F (177°C) – 600° F (316°C). In extrusion testing at 35 ksi and 550°F (288°C), it outperformed both virgin and filled grades of PEEK and PEKEKK. In addition, Arlon 3000 XT exhibits chemical resistance comparable to PEEK.
Arlon 3000 XT delivers enhanced mechanical performance in HPHT conditions. Through increased reliability and extended service life, it expands design headroom overall. The result is safer, more efficient operations in extreme drilling environments.