Teknor Apex develops two different vinyl elastomer compounds for challenging cable-jacketing applications in wind turbines
Two high-performance vinyl jacketing compounds from Teknor Apex Company withstand the harsh cold, exposure to lubricants, and other challenging conditions encountered by control and power cables within the nacelles high atop wind turbine towers. Flexalloy® 9609-80 is an 80 Shore A PVC-based elastomer that provides superior long-term UV resistance. It exhibits a brittle point of -60 C. Apex® N-56001 is a 76 Shore A blend of PVC and nitrile rubber that provides superior long-term low-temperature flexibility and oil resistance. It exhibits a brittle point of -54 C. Besides exceeding application standards for impact resistance at temperatures down to -40 C, both compounds pass required tests for UV resistance, 60-day oil aging at 75 C, and flammability performance as specified in UL 1685-F4. The two compounds are rated at 105 C for maximum continuous operating temperature.