What is the Material: Polycarbonate is an amorphous material.

Key Material Features: This material is beneficial in applications requiring transparency, high strength, hardness, and impact strength.

Other Considerations: This material may not be suitable in applications requiring diverse chemical resistance or food grade materials.


Property Value Typical ASTM Test
Chemical Designation (PC) Polycarbonate
Trade Names (®, ™) Tuffak GP (Formerly Makrolon), Lexan, PC-1000, Sustanat, Tecanat, Zelux, ZL 1600
Color Transparent
Density (g/cm^3) 1.20 D 792


Property Value Typical ASTM Test
Modulus of Elasticity (Tensile Test) (psi) 340000 D 638
Tensile Strength at Yield (psi) 9000 D 638
Tensile Strength at Break (psi) 9500 D 638
Elongation at Break (%) 110 D 638
Flexural Strength (psi) 13500 D 790
Modulus of Elasticity (Flexural Test) (psi) 345000 D 790
Compression Strength: 10% Strain (psi) 12500 D 695
Compression Strength: 1% Strain (psi) 2100 D 695
Compression Modulus (psi) 345000 D 695
Impact Strength (Izod) (ft-lbs/in) 18 D 256
Hardness (R) 118 D 785
Hardness (M) 70 D 785
Coefficient of Friction (Kinetic, 40 psi, 50 fpm) 0.38 D 3702
Wear (K) Factor (in^3-min/ft-lbs-hr) (Against Steel, 40 psi, 50 fpm) 2.50E-7 D 3702


Property Value Typical ASTM Test
Vicat Softening Point (°F) 309
Deflection Temperature (°F) (66 psi) 280 D 648
Deflection Temperature (°F) (264 psi) 270 D 648
Service Temperature Continuous (°F) 250
Service Temperature Minimal (°F) -200
Service Temperature Intermittent (°F) 275
Thermal Expansion (CLTE) (in/in/°F) 3.75E-5 D 696
Thermal Conductivity (BTU-in/hr-ft^2-°F) 1.35
Specific Heat (BTU/lb-°F) 0.30


Property Value Typical ASTM Test
Volume Resistivity (Ω*cm) 8.20E16 D 257
Dielectric Strength (V/mil) 380 D 149
Dissipation Factor (60 Hz) 0.0009 D 150
Dielectric Constant (60 Hz and 50% RH) 3.17 D 150


Property Value Typical ASTM Test
Moisture Absorption (%) (24 Hours) 0.13 D 570
Moisture Absorption (%) (Saturated) 0.35 D 570
Light Transmission (%) 86 D1008
Flammability HB
The data stated are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. The data should not be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. The information is provided as a guide to the best of our knowledge and given without obligation or liability. Testing under individual application circumstances is recommended.