Common Names: Phenolic, PF, Bakelite, industrial laminates
Pros: High heat resistance, Strong, Flame resistant, Rigid, Good electrical properties,
Popular Applications: Electrical Parts, Automotive Applications, Household Laminates
Phenolic (Phenol-formaldehyde) is available in multiple grades and in sheet, tube, and rod form. It offers superior strength, resiliency and depending on the grade, electrical properties. Phenolic is an ideal choice to sophisticated part and high use industrial components.
Phenolics are created by using extreme heat and pressure to form a solid plastic from layers of resin with materials like paper, canvas, and glass. Due to its electrical insulation, corrosion resistance, and machinability, Phenolic has found a strong foothold in the electronics industry.
We keep canvas based phenolic in stock. It is the perfect option when you need both electrical insulation with mechanical strength.
We do not keep paper based or glass based phenolic in stock, but we have the ability to order it. Paper based phenolic is the is the most cost-effective option. This would be a good choice when you need high electrical insulation with less mechanical strength. Glass based phenolic has excellent electrical and mechanical attributes with low moisture absorption, but with this, comes an increased cost.
The different types of Phenolic cover a wide variety of applications such as:
While Phenolic is a fantastic and versatile material, it does require fillers for most moldings and can have poor resistance to oxidizers and some chemical bases. The base material choice depends on the finished product. Contact us directly for recommendations and further details.