Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Rigid Plastic

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_10056

n For the purposes of general classification, a plastic that has a modulus of elasticity ether in flexure or in tension greater than 700 MPa (100 kpsi) at 23°C and 50% relative humidity when tested in accordance with ASTM methods D 747, D 790, D 638, or D 882 (ASTM D 883). This simple ASTM criterion has not always been adequate, especially with respect to vinyls whose impact strengths and other properties can vary widely while elastic modulus remains fairly constant. Vinyls are classified as rigid if their moduli are 1.4 GPa or higher, semirigid from 0.4 to 1.4 GPa, and flexible below 0.4 GPa.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA