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Materials that can be sterilized using dry heat

Table III. Materials that can be sterilized using dry heat. Material Maximum Temperature Acetal (polyoxymethylene) Up to 121°C

Wayne Rogers

March 1, 2006

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Materials that can be sterilized using dry heat

Table III. Materials that can be sterilized using dry heat.

Material

Maximum Temperature

Acetal (polyoxymethylene)

Up to 121°C

Aluminum

Up to 190°C

Celluose acetate (nonload)

Up to 120°C

Glass

>190°C

Ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene copolymer

Up to 150°C

Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene

Up to 150°C

Fluorinated ethylene propylene

Up to 170°C

High-density polyethylene

Up to 120°C

Metal

Up to 190°Ca

Muslin

Up to 160°C

Nylon (polyamide, heat-stabilized grades)

Up to 266°F

Nylon

>120°C

Paper

Up to 134°Cb

Perfluoroalkoxy

Up to 170°C

Petrolatum gauze

Up to 160°C

Polycarbonate

Up to 170°C

Polyetherimide

Up to 134°C

Polyetherketone

Up to 482°F

Polyethylene terephthalate copolymer

Up to 134°C

Polymethyl pentene

Up to 170°C

Polypropylene

Up to 135°C no stacking

Polyphenyl oxide

100°–148°C

Polypropylene copolymer

Up to 120°C

Polysulfone

Up to 160°C

Polytetrafluoroethylene

Up to 170°C

Polyurethane (aromatic)

Varies depending on grade and load

Polyvinyl chloride

Up to 120°C (flexible, nonload, varies)

Polyvinylidene fluoride

Up to 125°C

Silicone

Up to 200°C

Zinc peroxide

Up to 140°C

Note: These materials should be evaluated before applying dry heat, because some materials may not be heat stabilized or designed properly to withstand higher temperatures.
a Metal temper may occur above 160° or 190°C.
b Temperature varies depending upon paper type.

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