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Tedlar® TCW20BE5

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Polymer Name: Polyvinyl Fluoride (PVF)
Physical Form: Film
Features: Long Term Protection, Fatigue Resistant, Good Elongation, Good Printability, Good Color Stability, Photolytic Degradation Resistant, Low Toxicity, Good Processability, Alkali Resistant, Excellent Long Term Heat Aging Properties, Crack Resistant, Solvent Resistant, Excellent Dielectric Properties, Acid Resistant, Excellent Formability, Cleanable, Durable, Good Surface Gloss, Bacteria Resistant, Heat Sealable, Low VOC, Excellent UV Stability, Flexible, High Dielectric Strength, Flame Resistant, Good Surface Finish, Corrosion Resistant, Good Weather Stability, Mildew Resistant, High Temperature Resistance, High Gas Permeability, Sound Transmitting, Microbe Resistant, Chemical Resistant, Good Stain Resistance
Tensile Modulus: 2100.0 - 2600.0 MPa
Color: Custom
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Tedlar® PVF for Aerospace Applications
Tedlar® PVF for Aerospace Applications
General Properties of Tedlar® PVF Films
General Properties of Tedlar® PVF Films
Applications for Tedlar®
Applications for Tedlar®
Chemical Resistance of Tedlar® PVF Films
Chemical Resistance of Tedlar® PVF Films
Properties of Tedlar®
Properties of Tedlar®
Mechanical Properties of Tedlar® PVF Films
Mechanical Properties of Tedlar® PVF Films

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Tedlar® TCW20BE5 Features & Benefits

Tedlar® PVF Features in Aerospace Applications

DuPont™ Tedlar® protective film offers attractive, easy-to-clean, scuff-resistant surface protection to aircraft interiors. Tedlar® films are lightweight, have excellent conformability and offer superior resistance to harsh cleaners, chemicals and solvents, eliminating the need for repainting and reducing maintenance costs to help provide every passenger a fresh look on every flight.

The proven performance of Tedlar® film has made it the aircraft standard to which other materials used in the industry are measured. Tedlar® film meets or exceeds Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

Design flexibility

Tedlar® film gives airlines maximum interior design flexibility to create passenger areas that are attractive and easy to clean. Tedlar® films can be embossed and printed, enabling the use of many unique texture designs and can be tailored to various gloss levels, thicknesses and finishes.

Fade resistant

Tedlar® film is available in an array of fade-resistant colors to match the look of your aircraft. If necessary, the colors can be matched long after the initial installation. Transparent Tedlar® film is also available as an excellent overlaminate for printed patterns.

Applications & Uses

Tedlar® PVF for Aerospace Applications
  • Interior ceiling and sidewall decorative panels
  • Window shades
  • Stow bins
  • Lavatories and galleys
  • Ceiling panels
  • Personal service units (PSUs)
  • Bulkhead partitions
  • Insulation barriers
  • Moisture barriers
  • Cargo bin liners
  • Aircraft wire markers
  • Composite noise panels
  • Partitions
  • Monuments
  • Closets
  • Landing Gear Bay
  • Cargo Protection
  • Labeling
  • Composite Release
  • Composite Protection
Current Use Case: Tedlar® in Commercial Passenger Aircraft
  • Tedlar® has protected the interiors of aircraft since 1964 and continues to be the industryrecognized standard today.
  • Tedlar® was chosen in commercial aircraft due to its high standard of non-flammability. It is certified by FAA and EASA with excellent fire resistance.
  • Tedlar® continues to be used because of its durability. The interior of aircraft see thousands of customers over years and are able to stay looking clean year in year out.


Physical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Coefficient of Friction (Film on Metal)0.18 - 0.21-ASTM D1894
Falling Sand Erosion (on PET Backing)04-AugL/µmASTM D968
Falling Sand Erosion (on PET Backing)4-8L/µmASTM D968
Impact Strength45 - 89J/mmASTM D3420
Moisture Absorption (for most types)max. 0.5%Water Immersion
Optical Transmission of Clear Films93%ASTM D1003
Refractive Index of Clear Films1.46-ASTM D542
Shore HardnessD60 - D70-ASTM D2240
Strain at Break90 - 250%ASTM D882
Tear Strength (Initial)100 - 200N/mmASTM D1004
Tear Strength (Propagated)5.9 - 24N/mmASTM D1922
Tensile Modulus2.1 - 2.6GPaASTM D882
Ultimate Strength55 - 110MPaASTM D882
Yield Strength34 - 41MPaASTM D882
Thermal Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion5 - 10 x 10^-5m/m·KASTM D696
Lower Glass Transition Temperature15 to -20°CVarious
Peak Melting Temperature190 - 210°CASTM E1269
Relative Thermal Index - Electrical Strength140°CUL 746B
Relative Thermal Index - Mechanical Impact120°CUL 746B
Relative Thermal Index - Mechanical Strength125°CUL 746B
Specific Heat Capacity1.0 - 1.1kJ/kg*KASTM E1269
Temperature Range (continuous use)-70 to 105°C-
Upper Glass Transition Temperature40 - 50°CVarious
Mechanical Properties of Tedlar® Films

Tedlar® PVF film is strong, flexible and fatigue-resistant. Its resistance to failure by flexing is outstanding. Since the surface esthetics are imparted by the film formulation, the esthetics do not change when stretching the film for most film types.

The mechanical properties of Tedlar® depend on the specific film, including the amount of orientation and the additives or pigments in the film. The most important factor in the mechanical properties of Tedlar® is the amount of molecular orientation. The stress versus strain curve for film with various levels of orientation are shown in Figure 1. Highly oriented Type 1 films have the highest strength and lowest elongation at break. Balanced Type 3 films have a moderate level of performance. Low orientation Type 5 films have the lowest strength and highest elongation to break, making them exceptionally formable. Unoriented Type 8 films, also known as ‘SP’ films, have approximately the same strength as Type 5 films but with much greater elongation to break, making them exceptionally formable. The Type 8 films also have an extended region of elongation at constant stress, making them prone to elongation by necking rather than uniform stretching.

Aside from orientation, other film properties such as additives, pigments, and thickness can have small effects on the mechanical properties of the film. The typical mechanical properties of some white and clear films, both 1 and 2 mil thick. Minor variations in strength and elongation result from the composition and thickness of a specific film type. It is also important to note that PVF films contain no plasticizers, so mechanical properties remain stable through thermal processing and aging.

DuPont Tedlar TCW20BE5 Mechanical Properties of Tedlar Films

Figure 1: Typical stress versus strain curves for a variety of film orientations. Lower orientation causes lower strength but greater formability.

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Tedlar® Film Classification

Tedlar® PVF films are available as either biaxially oriented or unoriented cast film. The biaxially oriented film is stretched to various degrees in both the machine and transverse direction during manufacturing, imparting a range of different mechanical properties on the product depending on the amount of molecular orientation. The amount of orientation is described by the film type, listed as the last digit on the product code. The unoriented film, also known as ‘SP’ film, is cast onto a PET carrier web and is sold with the PET web attached. The Tedlar® film can be easily stripped from the PET carrier web. Films of Type 1 through 5 are oriented, while Type 8 is unoriented. Table 1 provides a summary of the various film types.

Type 3 films are the most commonly used films due to the balanced properties, including good strength and moderate shrinkage at elevated temperatures. Type 5 films are used when additional formability is needed in creating formed parts after lamination that require deep draws. Type 8 films have the highest formability and lowest shrinkage due to the nature of the processing and are used in the most demanding forming applications. In both Type 5 and Type 8 films, the reduced orientation leads to lower strength. Type 1 films are sometimes used when higher shrinkage is required, for example, to match the shrinkage of an underlying substrate during manufacture.

Table 1.The typical mechanical properties of various types of Tedlar® PVF films.

Film Type Orientation Shrinkage at 170°C Elongation at Break Strength Typical Use
Type 1 High High Low High High shrinkage applications
Type 3 Balanced Medium Medium Medium General applications
Type 5 Low Low High Low High formability
Type 8 (SP) None Low Very High Low Very high formability
Shrinkage of Tedlar® Films

Tedlar® oriented films will shrink when they are subject to heating without constraint. The amount of dimensional change depends most strongly on the temperature and orientation, with higher temperature and higher orientation causing the greatest shrinkage. This behavior is illustrated in Figure 2 and Tables 3 and 4 for some white and clear films with different orientation types. In general, film shrinkage increases as the type decreases from Type 8 to Type 1 films. In some instances, the films will expand slightly with initial heating in one of the two orthogonal in plane directions, then contract at higher temperature. This behavior will impact web handling through heated zones and precautions may need to be taken to properly spread and laterally tension the film during processing.

The force required to prevent the film from shrinking in either direction is relatively small. For example, at 180 °C, the typical force required to prevent shrinkage in 1 mil films are shown in Table 5.

DuPont Tedlar TCW20BE5 Shrinkage of Tedlar Films

Figure 2: Typical machine and transverse direction shrinkage for white and clear films of Type 3, 5 and 8. The values provided are averages of machine and transverse direction shrinkage.

Table 3: Typical shrinkage as a function of temperature in both machine and transverse direction for three different white films.

Test Temperature (°C) TCW20BE5 White, 2 mil Type 5
Film Orientation MD TD
130 3 0.5
140 3 1
150 3 1
160 3 2
170 4 5
180 5 6
190 9 12

Table 6: Films with typical mechanical data at various temperatures shown below

Film Type Temperature Range (°C)
TCW20BE5 White, 2 mil, Type 5 22 to 150
Mechanical Properties of Tedlar® Films

There are several thermal transitions present in PVF film which can affect the mechanical properties. The lowest thermal transition temperature occurs in the glassy polymer at -80°C and is associated with local amorphous relaxation on short chain segments. At -15 to -20°C, a lower glass transition occurs which is believed to be related to relaxation of amorphous regions free from restraint of crystallites. An upper glass transition temperature occurs at around 40 to 50°C due to relaxation of amorphous regions which are under restraint by crystallites. Another transition occurs at around 150°C due to pre-melting relaxation in the crystallites. Finally, the polymer exhibits peak melting around 190 to 210°C.

Tedlar® PVF films performs well in temperatures ranging from approximately -72 to 107°C (-98 to 225°F), with intermittent shortterm peaking up to 204°C (400°F). Lower temperatures increase the strength and elastic modulus, and decrease the elongation of the film. Higher temperatures soften the Tedlar® film and decrease the amount of elastic response. The elongation of the film increases slightly with temperature, up to a maximum at around 100°C, and then the elongation typically decreases with increased heating. Since Tedlar® films contain no plasticizers, the mechanical properties are stable throughout exposure at elevated temperatures. The typical mechanical properties as a function of temperature from -40°C to 150°C are shown for a Type 3 clear, UV blocking film (TGP10BG3) and a Type 3 white film (TWH15BL3). The properties are shown from 22°C to 150°C for a variety of other white and clear films with various thickness and orientation.

TCW20BE5 (2 mil white film, type 5 orientation):

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