PVC (Polyvinylchloride)

PVC is one of the oldest and most commonly used thermoplastic materials. The material is a colorless polymer of vinyl chloride. PVC can have numerous properties and the characteristics can be altered by the use of additives such as stabilizers, lubricants, softeners, pigments, fillers or static agents. PVC offers similar properties to ABS at a slightly reduced cost. However, the appearance of PVC cannot come close to ABS. In its plastic phase, PVC is corrosive to molds and molding machines. In its solid phase, PVC is non corrosive.

Applications: Medical/Healthcare Products, Automotive Applications, Household Items and Electronic Extruded Wire Covering.

Advantage

 

Wide range of flexibility
Flame Retardant
Dimensional stability
Low Cost

Disadvantage

 

Attacked by several solvent types
Limited thermal capability
Over heating may cause harmful vapors
Stained by sulfur compounds
Higher density than many plastics

Tensile StrengthFlexural ModulusImpact StrengthMax Temp.Chemical Resistance
10,000-12,000 psi350,000-600,000 psi.8-1.4 ft-lb/in notched izod120°-170° FFair to Good