Can polyamide (PA) rods be used in a wet environment?

Can polyamide (PA) rods be used in a wet environment?

People often ask if Polyamide (PA) rods can be used in a wet environment. The answer is no, it is not the best material for a wet environment, but in today’s blog, I will briefly explain why.

Polyamide (PA) material is hygroscopic

Polyamide (PA) is a very tough and abrasion-resistant plastic material. It is often used for rods in demanding, heavy load or abrasive applications in order to extend the life of the conveyor belt. The disadvantage of PA is that it is hygroscopic (attracting water) and absorption of water will make the material soften and expand. When this happens, rods usually lengthen. A rod may stretch so much that its length exceeds the width of the belt causing the rod to protrude. As a result of this, rods can be caught in the installation and create significant damage. In many cases, this can be prevented by inserting the rods from both sides and leaving space in-between. They can then extend freely without protruding from the belt. Depending on the application, there are other rod materials which can be chosen, for example PP, PE, PBT or POM.

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2018 July 24  |  Posted by

Marco Hollander

Marco Hollander joined the Habasit Netherlands team in September 2000 and works as a Technical Manager. He specializes in modular belts, chains and profiles in the food and material handling industries. He is also well-versed in general conveying and spiral applications. Hollander is always ready to answer questions from customers or Key Account Managers with any technical issues. He speaks Dutch, English and German and enjoys the challenge and variety of his work.

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