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Chemical Resistance Chart for Plastics

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Resin-Codes, Temerature & Chemical Resistance of Plastics

DIN-AbbreviationChemical DesignationTolerated Temperature Range in useMicrowave use *Auto-clavable *
ABSAcryl-Butadienestyrene-Copolymer– 40°C + 85 (100)°CYN
E-CTFEEthylene-Chlortrifluoroethylene– 76°C + 150 (170)°CYY
ETFEEthylene-Tetrafluoroethylene-100°C +150 (180)°CYY
FEPTetrafluoroethylene-Perfluoropropylene– 200°C + 205°CYY
HDPEHigh-density Polyethylene– 50°C + 80 (120)°CYN
LDPELow-density Polyethylene– 50°C + 75 ( 90)°CYN
MFMelamine+ 80 (120)°CYN
PAPolyamide (PA6)– 30°C + 80 (140)°CYN
PCPolycarbonate-100°C + 135 (140)°CYY
PEPolyethylene (cf. HDPE/LDPE)
DIN- AbbreviationChemical DesignationTolerated Temperature Range in useMircowave use *Auto-clavable *
PFAPerfluoroalkoxy-200°C + 260°CYY
PMMAPolymethylmethacrylate– 40°C + 85 ( 90)°CYN
PMP (TPX®)Polymethylpentene0°C + 120 (180)°CYY
POMPolyoxymethylene– 40°C + 90 (110)°CNN
PPPolypropylene– 10°C + 120 (140)°CYY
PSPolystyrene– 10°C + 70 (80)°CYN
PTFEPolytetrafluoroethylene– 200°C + 260°CYY
PVCPolyvinylchloride– 20°C + 80°CYN
PVDFPolyvinylidenfluoride– 40°C + 105 (150)°CYY
SANStyrene-Acrylonitrile– 20°C + 85 ( 95)°CYN
SI / NRSilicone-/Nature-Rubber– 50°C + 180 (250)°CYY

* please take care of temperature resistance!

Listing of Plastics and their Chemical Resistance to Substance Groups

Substance Group at 20°CLDPEHDPEPPPMP
TPX®
PSSANPTFE
PFA
FEP
ECTFE
ETFE
PCPA
Alcohols, aliphaticAAAAAAAABC
AldehydesBBBBDDAACC
BasesAAAAAAAADC
EstersBBBBDDAADA
Hydrocarbons, aliphaticCBBCDDAACA
Hydrocarbons, aromaticCBCCDDAADA
Hydrocarbons, halogenatedDCCDDDAADB
KetonesBBBCDDABDA
Oxidants (oxidizing acids), strongCCCCCDAADD
Acids, dilute, weakAAAABBAAAC
Acids, conc., strongAAAABCABDD

A – high resistance

B – good resistance; no, or only minor damage resulting from exposures of more than 30 days.

C – marginal resistance; for some types of plastic, extended exposure can result in damage (hairline cracks, loss of mechanicanical strength, discoloration, etc..)

D – non-resistant; exposure can lead to deformation or destruction.