Polycarbonate (PC) is a transparent thermoplastic with carbonate functional groups. Its high strength makes it resistant to impact and fracture. It is lightweight so an excellent alternative to glass. PC is melted and forced into a mold with high pressure to give it the desired shape.Polycarbonate remains one of the fastest growing engineering plastics Polycarbonate also has very good heat resistance and can be combined with flame retardant materials without significant material degradation. Polycarbonate plastics are engineering plastics in that they are typically used for more capable, robust materials such as in impact resistant “glass-like” surfaces. Polycarbonate remains one of the fastest growing engineering plastics.
PC shows good chemical resistance to chemicals like aliphatic hydrocarbons, dilute acids, and alcohols. Modest resistance towards oils and greases. It’s affected by aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons and diluted alkalis. Manufacturers are often cautious when cleaning PC sheets because it is sensitive to abrasive alkaline cleaners. Using cleaning only a cleaning agent that doesn’t affect its chemical resistance is advisable. Up to 135°, That’s the heat resistance provided by PC, which is quite decent. However, heat resistance can be improved by adding flame retardants without hurting the chemical properties.
It’s important to note that specific properties and applications may vary based on the grade and formulation of the PC material used. Always refer to product specifications and guidelines provided by manufacturers for detailed information.