Metallized PET Film
Steinerfilm® T is based on biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate - better known as polyester or the abbreviation PET. This film is offered in various metallizing patterns and individual slit widths for highly customized capacitors and applications.
The molecule shown above is the basis for all PET materials. The specific arrangement of the molecules and the length of the chain separate today’s materials from other PET-material. The specific formulation of these polyesters built a class of its own.
The film making process uses additives – nanoparticles of a certain corn size and distribution. These additives generate surface structure. A certain roughness is necessary to avoid blocking of layers and to support the winding behavior.
A key performance indicator for film capacitors is the specific capacitance. This ratio deals with the microfarad per volume and scales with one over thickness square. That pursues the target of the thinnest possible gauge.
The range of film thickness is at the threshold for ”technical” films.
Meanwhile, the thickest PET for capacitor applications is less than 15 µm (= 0.015 mm). Actually the thinnest commercially available gauge for a PET film is 0.7µm = 0.0007 mm!
A gauge of 0.75µm enables capacitors to be produced with 50 µF per cm³.
This difference of machine and transverse direction is typical for biaxially orientated plastic films.
The primary application for Steinerfilm® T are DC applications are power electronics. The focus is on the smallest dimensions of capacitors at temperatures typically up to 125°C.