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TYPICAL

MATERIALS Tensile Strength Flexural Modulus of Elasticity Izod Impact Heat Deflection Temperature Water Absorption
23°C 23°C (notched)
23°C
°C
66psi / 264psi
Immersion 24 hours
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
psi
D638
psi
D790
ft-lbs/in
D256
°C
D648

D570
Acetal 10,000 420,000 1.5 165 125 0.25
Acrylic 10,000 480,000 0.4 -   90 0.20
CE Canvas Phenolic 9,000 1,500,000 1.5 - -
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide * 450,000 0.8 - ~360 0.24
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy 38,000 2,400,000 12.0 - -
HDPE 4,000 200,000 - 78. - 0.10
Polystyrene 3,500 310,000 2.8 - 90 -
LDPE 1,400 30,000 no break 50  - 0.10
Nylon 12,400 410,000 1.2 -  90 1.20
PAI 21,000 711,000 2.3 - 278 0.30
PEEK 14,000 590,000 1.6 -   150 0.50
PET 11,500 400,000 0.7 115 80 0.10
Polycarbonate 9.500 345,000 12.0 - 16.0 137 132 0.15
PPS 12,500 600,000 0.5 200 90 0.02
PPSU 10,100 350,000 13.0 -   205 0.37
PSU 10.200 390,000 1.3 180 170 0.30
PTFE 1,500 - 3,000  72,000  3.5  120     -     <0.01 
PVC 7,500  481,000  1.0    -     70 0.06 
PVDF 7,800  310,000  3.0  148   110 0.02 
UHMW 3,100  110,000  - slight 
Ultem® 15,200  480,000  1.0  210   200  0.25 

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Specific Gravity Water Absorption 
23°C 23°C
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
D792
D570
Acetal 1.42  0.25 
Acrylic 1.19 0.20
CE Canvas Phenolic 1.37 -
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide 1.43 0.24
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy 1.80 -
HDPE 0.96 0.10
LDPE 0.92 0.10
Nylon 1.14 1.20
PAI 1.41 0.30
PEEK 1.32 0.50
PET 1.38 0.10
PC 1.20 0.15
PPS 1.35 0.02
PPSU 1.29 0.37
PSU 1.24 0.30
PTFE 2.15 <0.01
PVC 1.42 0.06
PVDF 1.78 0.02 
UHMW 0.93 slight
Ultem® 1.27 0.25

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Tensile Strength Tensile Modulus of Elasticity Tensile Elongation Flexural Strength Flexural Modulus of Elasticity  Compressive Strength
10% Deformation    
Hardness 
Rockwell M&R, Durometer Shore D
Izod Impact
(notched)
23°C 23°C
23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
psi
D638
psi

D638

D638
psi
D790
psi
D790
psi
D695
scale as noted
D785, D2240
ft-lbs/in
    D256
Acetal 10,000 450,000 75 14,300 420,000   - M89, R121, Shore D 83 1.5
Acrylic 10,000 400,000  4.5     17,000   480,000   17,000 M95 0.4
CE Canvas Phenolic 9,000 - - 15,000 1,500,000 34,000 M100 1.5
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide * - * 16,000 450,000 19,300 - 0.8
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy 38,000 - - 60,000     2,400,000 55,000 M115    8,000-11,000 12.0
HDPE 4,000 - 600 - 200,000 - Shore D 69 -
LDPE 1,400 - 500 - 30,000 - Shore D 55 no break
Nylon 12,400 470,000  90 17,000 410,000 - M85, R121, Shore D 80 1.2
PAI 21,000 - 15 33,000 711,000 - M120 2.3
PEEK 14,000 490,000 60 24,600 590,000 - M105, R126, Shore D 85 1.6
PET 11,500 400,000 70 15,000 400,000 - M93, R125, Shore D 87 0.7
Polycarbonate 9,500 345,000 135 13,500 345,000 12,500 M70, R118, Shore D 80 12.0 - 16.0
PPS 12,500 480,000 4 21,000 600,000 - M95, R125, Shore D 85 0.5
PPSU 10,100 340,000 60 - 120 13,200 350,000 14,350 M80, R120, Shore D 80 13.0
PSU 10,200 360,000 50 - 100 15,400 390,000 13,900 M75, R125, Shore D 80 1.3
PTFE 1,500-3,000 - 100 - 200 -        72,000  - Shore D 55 3.5
PVC 7,500 411,000 12,800     481,000 - R115, Shore D 89 1.0
PVDF 7,800 350,000 35  10,750 310,000  - M75, R84, Shore D 77 3.0
UHMW 3,100  - -350 - 110,000 - Shore D 64 *
Ultem® 15,200 430,000 60 22,000 480,000 21,900 M114, R123, Shore D 86 1.0

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion Heat Deflection Temperature Max Continuous Service Temperature In Air
  °F    
66psi / 264psi    
 
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
in/in/°F x 10-5
D696
°F
D648
°F
Acetal 6.8 336 257 185
Acrylic 4.0 - 196 160
CE Canvas Phenolic - - 257
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide 3.0 - ~ 680 -
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy - - 284
HDPE 7.0 172  - -
Polystyrene 4.5 -  196 2.8
LDPE - 122  - -
Nylon 4.5 - 194 210
PAI 1.7 -532 500
PEEK 2.6 - 306 480
PET 3.9 240   175 230
Polycarbonate 3.8 280   270 240
PPS 4.0 400  200 338
PPSU 3.1 -  405 392
PSU 3.1 358   345 285
PTFE 8.9 250  - 500
PVC 3.2 158 - 140
PVDF 7.1 300   235 -
UHMW 11.1 - 180
Ultem® 3.1 410   392 338

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Dielectric Strength
Short Term
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
V/mil
D149
Acetal 500
Acrylic 430
CE Canvas Phenolic -
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide 560
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy -
HDPE -
Polystyrene -
LDPE -
Nylon 300 - 400
PAI 600
PEEK 480
PET 400
Polycarbonate 380
PPS 450
PPSU 360
PSU 425
PTFE 400 - 500 
PVC 544
PVDF 280
UHMW -
Ultem® 830

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Light Transmittance Haze
Transparency / Clarity Cloudy Appearance
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test

D1003

D1003
Acetal - -
Acrylic 92 2
CE Canvas Phenolic - -
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide - -
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy - -
HDPE - -
Polystyrene - -
LDPE - -
Nylon - -
PAI - -
PEEK - -
PET - -
Polycarbonate - -
PPS - -
PPSU - -
PSU - -
PTFE - -
PVC - -
PVDF - -
UHMW - -
Ultem® - -

TYPICAL

MATERIALS Specific Gravity Tensile Strength Tensile Modulus of Elasticity Tensile Elongation Flexural Strength Flexural Modulus of Elasticity Compressive Strength Hardness Izod Impact Coefficient of Friction Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion Heat Deflection Temperature Max Continuous Service Temperature In Air Dielectric Strengthce Water Absorption Light Transmittance Haze
73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F 73°F     66psi
264psi
    Immersion 24 Hours Transparency / Clarity
 
Cloudy Appearance
Units
COMPARE ASTM Test
D792 psi
D638
psi
D638

D638
psi
D790
psi
D790
psi
D695
scale as noted
D785, D2240 
ft-lbs/in
D256
Dynamic n/in/°F x 10-5
D696
°F
D648
°F V/mil
D149
%
D570
%
D1003
%
D1003
Acetal 1.42 10,000 450,000 75 14,300 420,000 - M89, R121, Shore D 83 1.5 0.20 6.8 336 257 185 500 0.25 - -
Acrylic 1.19 10,000 400,000 4.5 17,000 480,000 17,000 M95 0.4 - 4.0 -195 160 430 0.20 92 2
CE Canvas Phenolic 1.37 9,000 - - 15,000 1,500,000 34,000 M100 1.5 - - - 257 - - - -
DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide 1.43 * - * 16,000 450,000 19,300 - 0.8 * 3.0 -~680 - 560 0.24 - -
G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy 1.80 3,800 - - 60,000 2,400,000 55,000 M115 12.0 - - - 284 - - - -
HDPE 0.96 4,000 - 600 - 200,000 - Shore D69 - - 7.0 172- - - 0.10 - -
Polystyrene 1.04 3,500 270,000 52 7,000 310,000 - M75 2.8 - 4.5 -196 - - - - -
LDPE 0.92 1,400 - 500 - 30,000 - Shore D55 no break - - 122- - - 0.10 - -
Nylon 1.14 12,400 470,000 90 17,000 410,000 - M85, R121, Shore D 80 1.2 0.28 4.5 -194 210 300-400 1.20 - -
PAI 1.41 21,000 - 15 33,000 711,000 - M120 2.3 - 1.7 -532 500 600 0.3 - -
PEEK 1.32 14,000 490,000 60 24,600 590,000 - M105, R126, Shore D 85 1.6 0.25 2.6 -306 480 480 0.5 - -
PET 1.38 11,500 400,000 70 15,000 400,000 - M93, R125, Shore D 87 0.7 0.25 3.9 240 175 230 400 0.1 - -
Polycarbonate 1.20 9,500 345,000 135 13,500 345,000 12,500 M70, R118, Shore D 80 12.0-16.0 - 3.8 280 270 240 380 0.15 86 <1
PPS 1.35 12,500 480,000 4 21,000 600,000 - M95, R125, Shore D 85 0.5 0.24 4.0 400 200 338 450 0.02 - -
PPSU 1.29 10,100 340,000 60 - 120 13,200 350,000 14,350 M80, R120, Shore D 80 13.0 - 3.1 -405 392 360 0.37 - -
PSU 1.24 10,200 360,000 50 - 100 15,400 390,000 13,900 M75, R125, Shore D 80 1.3 - 3.1 358 345 285 425 0.30 - -
PTFE 2.15 1,500 -3,000 100 - 200 - 72,000 - Shore D 55 3.5 0.10 8.9 250- 500 400-500 <0.01 - -
PVC 1.42 7,500 411 ,000 - 12,800 481,000 - R115, Shore D 89 1.0 - 3.2 -158 140 544 0.06 - -
PVDF 1.78 7,800 350,000 35 10,750 310,000 - M75, R84, Shore D 77 3.0 - 7.1 300 325 - 280 0.02 - -
UHMW 0.93 3,100 - 350 - 110,000 - Shore D 64 * 0.10-0.20 11.1 - 180 - slight - -
Ultem® 1.27 15,200 430,000 60 22,000 480,000 21,900 M114, R123, Shore D 86 1.0 - 3.1 410 392 338 830 0.25 - -
Properties for some of the materials above represent a specific grade, formulation, specification, or brand including the following: Acetal (Homopolymer), Acrylic (Continuously Processed), DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide (Vespel® SP-1), Expanded PVC (Celtec® 3mm-12mm thickness), Noryl® (Modified PPO), Nylon (6/6 Extruded), PET (Semicrystalline), Polypropylene (Homopolymer), PPSU (Radel® R), PVDF (Homopolymer).

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