Polycarbonate (PC) is one of the amorphous thermoplastics. The amorphous (disordered) arrangement of the molecule chains results in the
transparency of the material, which is pertinent to an optical application.

Polycarbonate impresses with its transparency and break resistance. Due to the lower density compared to glass, a corresponding material substitution can be made and the weight of the component can be reduced. In addition to the visual appearance of the material, polycarbonate has further advantages in terms of its mechanical properties compared to other plastics. It has high mechanical strength as well as high temperature and heat resistance.

PC properties

The following list of properties is general and serves as a rough guide.

  • Structure:
    • Amorphous structure
  • Density ρ:
    • 1.2 – 1.24 g/cm3
  • Thermal properties
    • Tg = 145 °C
    • ~ 135 °C (short-term)
    • ~ 100 °C (continuous)
  • Optical properties:
    • Crystal-clear transparency
    • High surface gloss
  • Mechanical properties
    • (unreinforced, -150 °C ≤ T ≤ +135 °C):
    • Isotropic property distribution
    • High strength, stiffness and toughness
  • Fire behaviour:
    • Self-extinguishing properties
    • Flame retardant categories UL94 “HB” to “V0”
  • Other:
    • High dimensional stability (low shrinkage)
    • High weather resistance
    • Suitable for contact with food

Please contact us at any time for an explicit description of the realisable properties of the materials we use. We will help you with the choice of material.

Advantages of polycarbonate (PC) at a glance:

  • High transparency and therefore very translucent
  • Extremely high impact strength, almost unbreakable
  • Self-extinguishing properties in case of fire
  • High weather resistance
  • Suitable for contact with food

The plastics processed by ATHEX offer a wide range of applications!

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