Method for sizing polytretrafluoroethylene fabrics

Jeffrey Birdwell (Inventor), William Carl (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


The invention is a method for sizing polytetrafluoroethylene fabrics comprising: (a) forming a sizing composition of a perfluorinated polymer containing sites convertible to ion exchange groups and a treating agent having: a boiling point less than about 110 DEG C.; a density of from about 1.55 to about 2.2; and a solubility parameter of from greater than about 7.1 to about 8.2 hildebrands; (b) contacting the sizing composition with the fibers of a polytetrafluoroethylene fabric; and (c) removing the treating agent from the sizing composition. Particularly preferred as a treating agent is a compound represented by the general formula: XCF2-CYZX' wherein: X is selected from the group consisting of F, Cl, Br, and I; X' is selected from the group consisting of Cl, Br, and I; Y and Z are independently selected from the group consisting of H, F, Cl, Br, I and R'; R' is selected from the group of perflluoroalkyl radicals and chloroperfluoroalkyl radicals having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms. The most preferred treating agent is 1,2-dibromotetrafluoroethane.

Front-page drawing from US4784900A
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS4784900A
IPC B01D67/00
Priority date31/05/85
Filing date9/05/86
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


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