Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the most widely used thermoplastic polymers in the world. Naturally white or gray or clear, it is lightweight, durable, economical and easy to process. It can be rigid or pliable, thick or thin.
PVC AT A GLANCE
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Good dimensional stability
- Essentially zero moisture absorption
- Machines to tight tolerance
- Readily available and economical
- Good insulation properties
- Very hard, with extremely good tensile strength
More about PVC
PVC is a low-cost material that is used in a wide variety of applications and industries. Capable of performing up to 140 F, PVC offers resistance to mild acids, alkalis, and solvents. PVC can be found in a wide range of colors. PVC is a thermoplastic material, allowing it to be heated to its melting point, cooled, and reheated again without significant degradation.
Commonly referred to as “vinyl,” PVC often replaces traditional building materials like wood, metal, concrete, rubber, and ceramics; it is used to make flooring, windows, siding, roofing, and decks—and is particularly useful in pipes due to its strength, low cost, and resistance to build up, corrosion, or breakage. It is also used in healthcare, electronics, automobile manufacturing, packaging, and other sectors, in products such as blood bags, tubing, wires, cable insulation, windshield system components, signs, shrink wrap, etc.
Research demonstrates that PVC is effective in protecting the environment in terms of low greenhouse gas emissions and conservation of energy.
PVC’s General Engineering Characteristics
- Tensile Strength at yield: 4930 - 9000 PSI
- Melt Temperature: 212 -500 °F
- Heat Deflection Temperature: 198 °F
- Specific Gravity: 1.35 - 1.45
- Density: 1.3-1.45 g/cm