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used in making laboratory plasticware
Linear low-density polyethylene,
Cross-linked high-density polyethylene (XLPE),
Polypropylene copolymer (PPCO)|
|Fluorocarbons||Teflon TFE, Teflon FEP, Tefzel ETFE, Halar ECTFE, Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Kynar*, Teflon PFA,|
|Engineering resins||Acetal, Nylon, Polymethylpentene, Polystyrene, Polyvinyl Chloride, Thermoplastic elastomer, Polycarbonate, Polysulfone, Polyethylene Terephthalate G. Copolymer (PETG), Polyphenylene Oxides||Labware plastics||Acrilonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Corian, Epoxy Resins, Kel-F, Methyl Methacrylate, Phenolic Resins, Polyetherimide (PEI)|
Tough, strong, retain dimensions at elevated temperatures, excellent resistance to most organic solvents and good resistance to strong acids and bases, naturally opaque.
|PFA||Teflon PFA (perfluoroalkoxy)Translucent, flexible. Cryogenic to 260°C, autoclavable, chemically inert, non-contaminating, very easy to clean as almost nothing adheres.|
|ECTFE||Halar ECTFE (ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene) withstands extreme temperatures, cryogenic to 180°C , non-burning and radiation resistant.||PMMA||Polymethyl methaacrylate (acrylic) Transparent (very clear) 60 to 70°C, resistant to inorganic acids and alkalis but not to organic solvents|
white, translucent, slightly flexible, greater chemical and temperature resistance than TFE and FEP
|PMP||Polymethylpentene (TPX)Transparent, fairly rigid. 180 to 180°C autoclavable, attacked by strong oxidizers, softened by some hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents.|
strong, tough, resists abrasion, fatigue and impact. Excellent resistance with organic solvents but not with mineral acids, oxidizing agents and certain salts.
|PVC||Polyvinyl chloride Translucent form very flexible, opaque is rigid.. –25 to 80°C, poor resistance to most solvents, very good resistance to oils (,except essential oils) low gas permeability.|
|FEP||Teflon FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene)
Translucent.flexible,resists all known chemicals except molten alkali metals and elemental fluorine.can even be boiled with nitric acid.
|PP||Polypropylene Translucent to transparent, fairly rigid. –10 to 130°C resistant to most chemicals except strong oxidizers.|
|FLPE||Fluorinated high-density polyethylene
||PS||Polystyrene Transparent (toughening agent makes opaque) 30 to 60oC, resistant to most aqueous solutions and organic solvents.|
Transparent to opaque, fairly rigid. 50 to 110°C, autoclavable, chemical resistant.
|PSF||Polysulfone Clear, strong , extremely tough.resistant to acids, bases, aqueous solutions,aliphatic hydrocarbons and alcohols.|
Translucent, flexible.-50 to 80oC, resistant to most chemicals except strong oxidants.
non toxic,crack and stress resistant, robust,high purity apps.
Autoclavable Combines some of the advantages of ethylene and ropylene.High temperature performance and low temperature strenght and flexibility.
|PVDF||Polyvinilidene fluoride Opaque white, extremely pure, superior for non-contaminating applications.good mechanical strength and abrasion resisance up to 100°C Similar to ECTFE|
Transparent, strong, rigid. –190 to 130°C, autoclavable but mechanical properties impaired, attacked by some concentrated acids, alkalis, and organic solvents.
|Teflon TFE (tetrafluoroethylene Opaque, semi- rigid, low coefficient of friction,-200 to 260°C, autoclavable, excellent chemical resistance to all reagents.|
|PCTG||Poly (1,4 cyclohexane dimethylene
||TPE||Thermoplastic elastomer can be moulded into autoclavable parts and rubber-like small caps and plugs|
|PETG||Polyethylene terephthalate copolyester
Glass-like clarity, tough. Excellent gas-barrier, choice for storing biologicals.can be sterilised but cannot be autoclaved.
|XLPE||Cross-linked high-density polyethylene Three dimensional polymer of extremely high molecular weight, superior stress-crack resistance, used for moulding very large storage tanks.|