ABS is a low-cost engineering plastic that is easily machined, fabricated and thermoformed. It has excellent chemical, stress and creep resistance. ABS offers a good balance of impact, heat, chemical and abrasion resistance, dimensional stability, tensile strength, surface hardness, rigidity and electrical characteristics. ABS remains hard, rigid and tough even at low temperatures. It is available in fire-retardant, heat-resistant and platable grades. Impact strength varies by grade.
Most natural ABS resins are translucent to opaque, but they can be produced in transparent grades and can be pigmented to almost any color. General purpose grades may work for some outdoor appications, but prolonged exposure to sunlight causes color changes and reduces surface gloss, hardness, impact strength and elastic modulus.
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|Density||1.01e3 - 1.21e3||kg/m^3||63.1 - 75.5||lb/ft^3|
|Yield Strength||1.85e7 - 5.1e7||Pa||2.68 - 7.4||ksi|
|Tensile Strength||2.76e7 - 5.52e7||Pa||4 - 8.01||ksi|
|Elongation||0.015 - 1||% strain||1.5 - 100||% strain|
|Hardness (Vickers)||5.49e7 - 1.5e8||Pa||5.6 - 15.3||HV|
|Fracture Toughness||1.19e6 - 4.29e6||Pa/m^0.5||1.08 - 3.9||ksi/in^0.5|
|Young's Modulus||1.19e9 - 2.9e9||Pa||0.16 - 0.421||10^6 psi|
|Max Service Temperature||61.9 - 76.9||°C||143 - 170||°F|
|Insulator or Conductor||Insulator||Insulator|
|Specific Heat Capability||1.39e3 - 1.92e3||J/kg °C||0.331 - 0.458||BTU/lb. °F|
|Thermal Expansion Coefficent||8.46e-5 - 2.34e-4||strain/°C||47 - 130||µstrain/°F|
|CO2 Footprint||9.1e7 - 1.02e8||kg/kg||3.27 - 3.62||lb/lb|
∗ The information on this page is intended as general guidance only and is only accurate at the time of posting (see date below). Specific material properties vary by manufacturer. Please contact a Dielectric application engineer for help in choosing the optimal material for your application and budget.
Posting Date: August 16, 2012