Product Information
Jun 2020
Petra® 140
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Product Description
Petra 140 is a 45% glass reinforced polyethylene terephthalate (PET) injection molding compound offering an increased level of strength, stiffness, high temperature performance, dimensional stability. Excellent resistance to creep under load, and maintains the inherent chemical and electrical properties associated with polyesters.

Petra 140 is generally recommended for applications such as load bearing structural housings and mechanical components.

PHYSICAL ASTM Test Method Property Value
Specific Gravity D-792 1.70
MECHANICAL ASTM Test Method Property Value
Tensile Strength, Break, MPa (psi) D-638  
    23C (73F) 180 (26,100)
Elongation, Break, % D-638  
    23C (73F) 3
Flexural Modulus, MPa (psi) D-790  
    -40C (-40F) 14,500 (2,100,000)
    23C (73F) 13,100 (1,900,000)
    121C (250F) 4,690 (680,000)
Flexural Strength, MPa (psi) D-790  
    -40C (-40F) 370 (53,600)
    23C (73F) 285 (41,300)
    121C (250F) 110 (16,000)
Rockwell Hardness, R Scale D-785 116
IMPACT ASTM Test Method Property Value
Notched Izod Impact, J/M (ft-lbs/in) D-256  
    23C (73F) 110 (2.1)
THERMAL ASTM Test Method Property Value
Melting Point, C(F) D-3418 245 (473)
Heat Deflection @ 264 psi (1.8 MPa) C(F) D-648 225 (437)
Coef. of Linear Thermal Expansion, mm/mm C (in/in F) E-831 0.22 X10-4
ELECTRICAL ASTM Test Method Property Value
Volume Resistivity (Ohm-m) D-257 >1E13

Processing Guidelines
Material Handling
Max. Water content: 0.02%
To ensure optimum part performance, this product must be dried prior to molding and maintained at a moisture level of less than 0.02%, with a preferred moisture target of less than 0.015%. A dehumidifying hopper dryer mounted on the molding machine and equipped with alternating desiccant beds and air temperature/dew point indicators is recommended. Drying time is 2 - 4 hours at 120C (248F). Further information concerning safe handling procedures can be obtained from the Safety Data Sheet. Alternatively, please contact your BASF representative.

Typical Profile
Melt Temperature 280-300C (536-572F)
Mold Temperature 100-110C (212-230F)
Injection and Packing Pressure 35-125 bar (500-1500 psi)

Mold Temperatures
This product can be processed over mold temperatures of 80-120C (176-248F); however, for optimizing surface appearance, dimensional stability and part performance, mold surface temperatures of 100-110C (212-230F) are preferred.

Injection pressure controls the filling of the part and should be applied for 90% of ram travel. Packing pressure affects the final part and can be used effectively in controlling sink marks and shrinkage. It should be applied and maintained until the gate area is completely frozen off.

Back pressure can be utilized to provide uniform melt consistency and reduce trapped air and gas. Minimal back pressure should be utilized to prevent glass breakage. recommended to minimize glass fiber breakage.

Fill Rate
Fast fill rates are recommended to ensure uniform melt delivery to the cavity and prevent premature freezing. Surface appearance is directly affected by injection rate.

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