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Material Properties of Plastic

To make informed design decisions when working with plastics, it's important to have a solid understanding of plastic material properties. Below you'll find an index of common plastic material properties and standard test methods, including their descriptions with helpful diagrams. It's also important to understand the terms used by suppliers, and how their plastics grades perform in various conditions. This understanding will also help you compare different grades and choose the best performing materials for your products.

Aging

Elastomers

Electrical

Fill Analysis

Films

Flammability

General

Hardness

Impact

Mechanical

Optical

Physical

Thermal

Thermoset

UL 746

Detailed material properties of plastics information for specific grades of plastics are available in the Prospector Materials Database.

Also, be sure to reference an excellent article written by Micheal Sepe titled Getting the Most Out of Your Plastics Data.