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Chemical compatibility with R1234yf and R134A refrigerants

R1234yf is anew refrigerant for passenger cars, air conditioners and other refrigeration apparatus introduced in 2011. R134a and R1234yf are very similar, however, R1234yf was created to be a more environmentally friendly replacement to R134a. How well do resin 3D-printed parts work with Tetrafluoropropene refrigerants like R134A and R1324yf? A leading company specialized in refrigeration systems tested two Liqcreate 3D-printing resins with these refrigerants. If you are looking for other compatibility of Liqcreate resins on other chemicals, we have published a lot of information in this article.

The tests were done following our partners standard protocols. The 3D-printed parts were placed in an autoclave filled with various combinations of refrigerants and oils. The 3D-printed parts stayed in a temperature chamber at exactly 90°C for a week. Before the start of the test, the parts were weighed, and the diameters measured.

The filling compositions used:

Nr. Refrigerants Oils
1 R1234yf PAG
2 R1234yf POE
3 R134a PAG
4 R134a POE

 

Chemical compatibility with R134a and R1234yf on 3D-printed parts

Average values over this period can be found in the table below:

Combination Material Weight change Dimensional change
R1234yf / PAG Deep Blue + 2,284 % + 0,271 %
R1234yf / PAG Strong-X n/a n/a
R1234yf / POE Deep Blue + 2,698 % +  0,271 %
R1234yf / POE Strong-X + 2,013 % + 0,014 %
R134a / PAG Deep Blue + 5,861 % + 1,354 %
R134a / PAG Strong-X + 2,731 % + 0,881 %
R134a / POE Deep Blue + 5,321 % + 1,014 %
R134a / POE Strong-X + 2,985 % + 1,018 %

The Liqcreate engineers would like to thank the external engineers for testing and sharing the results.

 

What about other resins and chemical compatibility and chemical compatibility with different chemicals?

This article has more information on other chemicals tested. These tested resins and chemicals are good selection of industrial chemicals and resins available from Liqcreate. If you are interested in chemical resistant and chemical compatibility of other Liqcreate resins, send us an e-mail . All that remains is to wish you good luck with your project. If there are any questions, please contact Liqcreate: info@liqcreate.com.

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