DuPont™ Vespel® SP-22

DuPont™ Vespel® SP-22 is widely used for:

  • Bearings
  • Thrust washers
  • Seal rings
  • Ferrules
  • Sleeves
  • Wear strips
  • Vanes

Performance Characteristics:

  • Enhanced resistance to friction and wear
  • Minimal thermal expansion
  • Maximum thermal conductivity
  • High temperature resistance
  • Improved dimensional and oxidative stability
  • Minimum elongation

Common Brands:

  • DuPont™ Vespel®

Authorized Distributor of DuPont™ Vespel Polyimide

DuPont™ Vespel® SP-22

Dimensionally stable with enhanced resistance to friction and wear

DuPont™ Vespel® SP-22 offers minimal thermal expansion and dimensional stability for design flexibility. It also provides enhanced resistance to wear and friction as well as oxidative stability. Available as custom parts or stock shapes. 


PLAQUE Dimensions:
10 in x 10 in
0.062 in – 2 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.125 in – 6 in
COLOR Dark Brown
GRADES Graphite-Filled

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Vespel® SP-22 is also available in bar.


Typical Properties OF DuPont™ Vespel® SP-22 Polyimide
Units SP-22
40% Graphite
Tensile strength
23°C (73°F)
D1708 / D638 MPa (kpsi) 51.7
Tensile strength
260°C (500°F)
D1708 / D638 MPa (kpsi) 23.4
Elongation at break
23°C (73°F)
D1708 / D638 % 3.0
Elongation at break
260°C (500°F)
D1708 / D638 % 2.0
Flexural modulus
23°C (73°F)
D790 MPa (kpsi) 4,830
Flexural modulus
260°C (500°F)
D790 MPa (kpsi) 2,760
Compressive stress at
10% strain, 23°C (73°F)
D695 MPa (kpsi) 112
Deformation under
13.8 MPa (2,000 psi) load
D621 % 0.08
Coefficient of friction at
PV = .875 MPa m/s
(25,000 psi-ft/min)*
Coefficient of friction at 
PV = 3.5 MPa m/s
(25,000 psi-ft/min)*
Static coefficient
of friction in air*
PV limit (unlubricated)**   MPa-m/s
(kpsi ft/min)
Other Properties      
Coefficient of thermal
23–300°C (73–572°F)
E831 µm/m/K
(10-6 in/in-°F)
38 (21)
Hardness D785 Rockwell E 5–25
Water absorption
24 hr at 23°C (73°F)
D570 % 0.14

*Versus carbon steel, steady state, unlubricated, in air, thrust bearing. **PV limits for any material vary with different combinations of pressure and velocity as well as other conditions.

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