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Polycarbonate (PC) - Transparent Thermoplastic Polymer Overview
What is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate (PC) plastics are transparent amorphous thermoplastics with outstanding mechanical strength, durability, and impact resistance. They are virtually unbreakable and capable of withstanding much greater impacts compared to glass and other plastics with similar properties.

General purpose polycarbonate has similar light transmittance and transparency to glass at a much lower weight and is often used as a replacement for it. Polycarbonate is a versatile material than can be thermoformed, machined, fabricated, and bonded with solvents.

 

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What is a major disadvantage of polycarbonate?

Although polycarbonate has superior impact resistance and optical clarity compared to similar materials, it is susceptible to scratching. An abrasion resistant coating may be applied to polycarbonate sheet to increase its resistance to scratches.

What is polycarbonate used for?

Polycarbonate, also abbreviated as PC, is a virtually unbreakable amorphous engineering plastic with outstanding impact resistance and optical clarity. Polycarbonate is used in laptop housings, interior aircraft parts, skylights, public buildings, self-service gas stations, and other applications where light weight, durability, and optical properties are required.

Is acrylic or polycarbonate better?

Polycarbonate offers more durability and impact resistance but scratches more easily than acrylic, making it the better material for more demanding or protective applications. Acrylic has better optical clarity but is more prone to cracking than polycarbonate and is an ideal choice for framing, signage, and display applications.

How expensive is polycarbonate?

Compared to materials used for similar applications, polycarbonate sheet is more expensive than acrylic, but cheaper than glass. The increased cost is due to the fact that polycarbonate has greater impact resistance than both acrylic and glass.

 

General Properties1 of Polycarbonate
Property
Unit
Value
Specific Gravity
g/cm.3
1.2
Tensile Strength
psi
9,000-15,000
Tensile Modulus
psi
345,000
Elongation %
%
100-110
Flexural Strength
psi
13,000-15,000
Shear Modulus
psi
114,000
Izod Impact (Notched, 1/8")
ft-lbs/in.
12-16
Compressive Strength
psi
11,500
Compressive Modulus
psi
300,000
Rockwell Hardness
R
125
Heat Deflection Temperature
°F
270-290
Maximum Service Temperature
°F
250
Ignition Temperature
°F
1,022
Light Transmission (Clear, 1/8" thickness)
%
86
Water Absorption (Saturated)
% @ 24 hrs.
0.15
1The values listed are typical and are meant only as a guide to aid in design. Field testing is always recommended to determine exact values for each application.
Polycarbonate Renovo-MPC is a transparent post-consumer reprocessed polycarbonate sheet.
Renovo-MPC™ Clear Post-Consumer Polycarbonate Sheet
Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough, durable plastic used for a variety of applications.
Clear Polycarbonate Sheet
Polycarbonate AR is an abrasion and enhanced UV-resistant sheet.
Clear Polycarbonate Sheet - AR2
High impact strength, dimensional stability, and the lowest internal stress and inclusion levels.
Polycarbonate Sheet - Natural Machine Grade
Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough, durable plastic used for a variety of applications.
Gray #7130 Polycarbonate Sheet
Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough, durable plastic used for a variety of applications.
Gray #7135 Polycarbonate Sheet
Pebble textured polycarbonate lets light in while obstructing the view of objects behind it.
Polycarbonate Sheet - Clear #80 Pebble
Plaskolite® Hygard BR withstands extreme threats with no compromises to performance.
HYGARD® Bullet Resistant Polycarbonate Sheet
Plaskolite Hygard® CG withstands extreme threats with no compromises to performance.
HYGARD® Containment Grade Polycarbonate Sheet
PALSHIELD® is engineered to meet a variety of forced entry and ballistic test standards.
Palshield
Corrugated polycarbonate with the highest Daily Light Integral and guaranteed condensate control.
Dynaglas® SolarSoft Max
Endless applications for architectural design, roofing, glazing, windows and installations.
Polycarbonate Twinwall - Clear
Endless applications for architectural design, roofing, glazing, windows and installations.
Polycarbonate Twinwall - Ice (Opal)
Endless applications for architectural design, roofing, glazing, windows and installations.
Polycarbonate Twinwall - Bronze
RDC storm panels pass the Dade County Hurricane test, displaying their extreme impact resistance.
Hurricane RDC Storm Panel Full Installation Kit
16mm RDC Storm Panels for commercial businesses and homes protect windows from strong winds and flying debris during hurricane season.
16mm Polycarbonate Hurricane and Storm Pane
Allows light in while protecting your windows and doors from hurricane force winds, flying debris, and severe weather.
Polycarbonate Hurricane Storm Panel Kits
Rigid and lightweight corrugated polycarbonate panels for greenhouses and outdoor applications.
Clear Corrugal Polycarbonate Plastic Sheet - Polycarbonate Roof Panels
Rigid and lightweight corrugated polycarbonate panels for greenhouses and outdoor applications.
Ice (Opal) Corrugal Polycarbonate Plastic Sheet - Polycarbonate Roof Panels
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 9 Clear Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 12 Clear Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 9 Soft White Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 12 Soft White Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 9 White Opal Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
SunSky corrugated polycarbonate rooflite and sidelite panels turn night into brilliant daylight.
SunSky 12 White Opal Corrugated Polycarbonate Sheet
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Clear Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Solar Control Silver Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Solar Gray Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf White Opal Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Smooth Cream Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Misty Green Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Hunter Green Corrugated Polycarbonate
High performance glazing panels for punishing exterior applications.
SunTuf Red Brick Corrugated Polycarbonate

 

High impact strength, dimensional stability, and the lowest internal stress and inclusion levels.
Polycarbonate Rod - Natural Machine Grade
Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough, durable plastic used for a variety of applications.
Polycarbontate Tube - Clear

 

Aluminum vent tape for polycarbonate multi-wall applications.
Aluminum Vent Tape
Ridge cap profiles for SunSky 9 and Sunsky 12 in clear, soft white, and white opal.
SunSky Polycarbonate Ridge Cap
Ridge cap profiles for SunTuf polycarbonate.
SunTuf Polycarbonate Ridge Cap
Side ridge profiles for SunTuf polycarbonate.
SunTuf Polycarbonate Side Ridge
Wall connector profiles for SunTuf polycarbonate.
SunTuf Polycarbonate Wall Connector
Pack of six SunTuf horizontal 2ft plastic closure strips for SunTuf corrugated panels.
SunTuf Horizontal 2FT Plastic Closure Strips
Pack of six SunTuf horizontal 2ft wooden closure strips for SunTuf corrugated panels.
SunTuf Horizontal 2FT Wooden Closure Strips
Pack of five universal 2ft plastic closure strips for SunTuf and other corrugated panels.
SunTuf Universal Vertical 2FT Plastic Closure Strips
Pack of five universal 2ft wooden closure strips for SunTuf and other corrugated panels.
SunTuf Universal Vertical 2FT Wooden Closure Strips
36 inch SunTuf horizontal foam closure strips for SunTuf corrugated panels.
SunTuf Horizontal 3FT Foam Closure Strip
For use with .630" (16mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Base/Cap 207/211
For use with .236" (6mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Divide H #201
For use with .315" (8mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Divide H #202
For use with .394" (10mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Divide H #203
For use with .236" (6mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Endcap U #212
For use with .315" (8mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Endcap U #213
For use with .394" (10mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Endcap U #214
For use with .630" (16mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Endcap U #215
For use with .236" (6mm), .315" (8mm), and .394" (10mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Clear Extruded Base/Cap #230/#231
For use with .630" (16mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Ice (Opal) Extruded-Base/Cap
For use with .630" (16mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Polycarbonate Ice (Opal) Extruded-U Endcap
(Part #311) For use with .315" (8mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Aluminum Clear Anodized Endcap U #311
(Part #312) For use with .394" (10mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Aluminum Clear Anodized Endcap U #312
(Part #313) For use with .630" (16mm) Polycarbonate Twinwall.
Aluminum Clear Anodized Endcap U #313
(Part #400) Point-fastening 2 in. hex screw with bubble washer.
#12 Polygal Self Drilling Hex Screw (100 count)
(Part #422) Point-fastening 6-16 mm. screw with bubble washer.
2 inch #9 Wood Screw (100 Count)
(Part #450) Supports base-to-metal structures.
1 Inch Mega-Lock Screw (100 Count)
(Part #462) 5/8” Length
5/8 Inch Mega-Lock Screw (100 Count)
(Part #421) Supports ECP/HCP/GCP profile with a base-to-wood structure.
1.5 Inch #9 Wood Screw (100 Count)
(Part #412) Supports HCP profile with a base-to-metal structure.
1.5 Inch #12 Self Drilling Hex Screw (100 Count)
(Part #505)
1 Inch Twinwall Foam Spacer
(Part #473)
1 Inch Bubble Washer
(Part #463) 7/8” Length
7/8 Inch Mega-Lock Cap-to-Base Metal Screw (100 Count)
Metal screws for attaching corrugated polycarbonate to metal framing.
METALTITE 1 Inch Metal Screw Fasteners
Metal screws for attaching corrugated polycarbonate to metal framing.
METALTITE 2 Inch Metal Screw Fasteners
Wood screws for attaching corrugated polycarbonate to wood & other wood fastening applications.
WOODTITE 1 Inch Wood Screw Fasteners
Wood screws for attaching corrugated polycarbonate to wood & other wood fastening applications.
WOODTITE 2 Inch Wood Screw Fasteners
1 Inch aluminum washer with included gasket. Quantity 100 per box. (Part #472)
1 Inch Aluminum Washer with Gasket

 




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