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Canvas is an economical choice for fabricated parts

Canvas (C, CE)

  • Good mechanical and impact strength
  • Withstands continuous operating
    temperature of 250° F
  • Good insulation properties
  • Economical
  • Durable and stable
  • Low moisture absorption


C and CE grade phenolics are composed of a continuous cotton woven cloth impregnated with a phenolic resin binder. Phenolics are the oldest general purpose thermoset resin and are among the least expensive and easiest to process.

Canvas grades C and CE are durable and economical choice for many applications. Both canvas grades provide good wear resistance, low moisture absorption and good mechanical strength. Grade C is suitable for structural and mechanical applications. Grade CE is an electrical grade canvas with good insulation properties.


  • Structural supports
  • Piston rings
  • Gears, spacers and bearing surfaces

Our application engineers can help. With decades of experience in plastic material selection, we'll help you choose the optimal plastic for your application and budget.


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General Material Properties

Property   Metric units   English units
Density   1.38e3 - 1.42e3 kg/m^3   0.0499 - 0.0513 lb/ft^3
Yield Strength   3.31e7 - 5.52e7 Pa   4.8 - 8.01 ksi
Tensile Strength   4.14e7 - 6.9e7 Pa   6.0 - 10 ksi
Elongation   0.01 - 0.02 % strain   1.0 - 2.0 % strain
Hardness (Vickers)   9.71e7 - 1.63e8 Pa   9.9 - 16.6 HV
Impact Strength (notched)   1.6e3 - 1e4 J/m^2   0.761 - 4.76 ft.lbf/in^2
Fracture Toughness   1.49e6 - 3.38e6 Pa/m^0.5   1.35 - 3.08 ksi/in^0.5
Young's Modulus   7.58e9 - 9.65e9 Pa   1.1 - 1.4 10^6 psi
Max Service Temperature   142 - 158 °C   288 - 316 °F
Insulator or Conductor   Insulator   Insulator
Specific Heat Capability   1.38e3 - 1.43e3 J/kg °C   0.329 - 0.342 BTU/lb. °F
Thermal Expansion Coefficent   2.7e-5 - 3.96e-5 strain/°C   15 - 22 µstrain/°F
CO2 Footprint   2.82 - 3.12 kg/kg   2.82 - 3.12 lb/lb
Recycleable   No   No

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: September 10, 2012