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Polyphenylsulfone (PPSF or PPSU) is a type of high performance polymer usually consisting of aromatic rings linked by sulfone (SO2) groups.[1]


The commercially important polysulfones are prepared by condensation of 4,4'-bis(chlorophenyl)sulfone with various bisphenols. Two bisphenols for this application are bisphenol A (the polymer being called PSF) and 4,4'-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)sulfone (the polymer being called PES).


These are moldable plastics often used in rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (direct digital manufacturing) applications. Polyphenylsulfone is heat and chemical-resistant suited for automotive, aerospace, and plumbing applications. Polyphenylsulfone has no melting point, reflecting its amorphous nature,[2] and offers tensile strength up to 55 MPa (8000 psi). Its commercial name is Radel.[3] In plumbing applications, polyphenylsulfone fittings have been found to sometimes form cracks prematurely or to experience failure when improperly installed using non-manufacturer approved installation methods or systems.[4]


  1. ^ El-Hibri, M. Jamal; Weinberg, Shari A. "Polysulfones" Edited by Mark, Herman F. Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology (4th Edition) 2014, volume 11, pp. 179-204. ISBN 978-1-118-63389-2
  2. ^ PPSF for FORTUS 3D Production Systems Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Product Detail: Radel®
  4. ^ Failure Analysis of Plastic Crimp Fitting Assemblies