Polycarbonate (PC) Property Data
MatWeb has product data on over 4800 different grades of polycarbonate, including high heat polycarbonate,
impact modified polycarbonate, optical grades, and alloys with other plastics such as ABS, polyester, and
acrylic. This information has been collected from manufacturers and categorized for systematic search,
display, and comparison.
If you would like to scan the polycarbonate entries in MatWeb, then the MatWeb
Category Search Page is a good place to start. You can select
'Polycarbonate' from the alphabetical listing under Thermoplastic Polymers and you will be
presented with a list of descriptive names grouped by manufacturer. Many users start by viewing
MatWeb's Overviews - 'generic' polymer entries giving typical values that cut across the various
manufacturers' polyester product lines.
You may also select from the drop-down lists of
Polycarbonate Manufacturers and Compounders or
Polycarbonate Trade Names available from MatWeb.
A general scan of PC listings can present an overwhelming list of options, so quantitative
search criteria can be used to narrow down the list of search results. If you are looking for a
polycarbonate product with certain performance criteria, then MatWeb's
Advanced Search or Property Search Page is a good place to start. You can
select 'Polycarbonate' from the list of category choices along with the appropriate property choices.
For example, if you have an application that demands a high melt flow with a high optical transparency,
you can enter a minimum melt flow of 25 g/10 min and a minimum visible transmission of 85% in your search
criteria. This will return only about 85 PC grades.
This same strategy can be used to find fiber-reinforced polycarbonates. You can again select
'polycarbonate' from the category box and specify a minimum flexural modulus of 9 GPa, for example.
This example returns close to 300 PC grades; generally only grades with at least 20% glass or carbon fiber
reinforcement are stiff enough to meet this flexural modulus requirement. You can go one step further
and eliminate the glass fiber reinforced grades by stipulating a maximum density of 1.30 g/cc. Now
less than 70 carbon fiber reinforced polycarbonate grades are returned - you can then review each of
the complete property information datasheets, including properties such as coefficient of thermal expansion
Product Names from Polycarbonate Manufacturers whose
Products are included in MatWeb.
want data about a specific polycarbonate product, you can enter its grade, trade name, or manufacturer in the
Search box at the top of any MatWeb page (see example below):
Polycarbonate manufacturing process: The common industrial route to polycarbonate uses bisphenol A (BPA) and phosgene. Ongoing health concerns about ingestion of residual BPA leaching from polycarbonate containers such as water bottles bottles and baby bottles is leading to substitution of other materials in these applications.