Polycarbonates are tough, transparent, engineering thermoplastics with high molecular weight and extraordinary impact resistance. They have good electrical and insulating characteristics, and are normally not affected by greases, oils or acids.
Polycarbonate products also have a low moisture absorption rate and good chemical resistance which makes it an extremely versatile engineering material and allows for its use in a multitude of industrial applications. Mechanical grade polycarbonate has a light transmittance of approximately 88%. Window grade polycarbonate is much clearer and used when you need optical qualities for a sight window.
Applications that use Polycarbonate Plastic
- Automotive instrument panels
- Boat hatch covers
- RV windshields
- Saftey and vandal-resistant windows for schools, banks, public buildings, etc.
- Skylights and outdoor signs
- Safety helmets
Glass fiber filled polycarbonate is available when additional stiffness is required.
Polycarbonate products are available in a full range of heavy gauge polycarbonate rod, polycarbonate plate and polycarbonate tube sizes.
Attributes of Polycarbonate Sheets
Polycarbonate sheets have 250 times the impact strength of glass, and 30 times the impact of acrylic. They have 40% better thermal efficiency than glass, and lower maintenance costs than both glass and acrylic.
- 265 F degree continuous use temperature
- Excellent toughness
- Low moisture absorption
- Easily machined and fabricated
- Flame resistant – rated UL V-O