Chemical & Environmental Resistance of Thermoplastics

These chemical and environmental resistance ratings for thermoplastics are provided for comparison purposes only. No assurance can be implied that any RTP Company compound will meet the ratings listed. End users should conduct their own evaluation of RTP Company compounds to ensure satisfactory compatibility with any environmental or physical conditions to which they may be exposed.

Key:

  • E — Excellent
  • G — Good
  • F — Fair
  • P — Poor
RTP Series Base Resin Weak Acids Strong Acids Weak Alkalis Strong Alkalis Organic
Solvents
Alcohols Hydro Carbons Fuels Gamma Radiation UV Radiation
100 Polypropylene (PP) E G1 E E P3 G F F P F
200 Nylon 6/6 (PA 6/6) G P E F E G G G F P
200 A Nylon 6 (PA 6) G P E F E G G G F F
200 B Nylon 6/10 (PA 6/10) G P E F E G F G F F
200 C Nylon 11 (PA 11) G P E F G P G G F F
200 D Nylon 6/12 (PA 6/12) G P E F G P G G F F
200 E Amorphous Nylon (PA) G P E F F P F F F F
200 F Nylon 12 (PA 12) G P E F G P E G F F
200 H Impact-Modified Nylon 6/6 (PA 6/6) G P E F G P F G F F
300 Polycarbonate (PC) E F1 F P P3 G P P G F
400 Polystyrene (PS) E F1 G G P3 G P P G P
500 Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) G G2 G G P4 P P P G P
600 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) E G1 E E P4 P P P G P
700 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) E G1 E E G5 E G G F P
700 A Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) E G E E G E F G F F
800 Acetal (POM) P P F P E F G G P P
900 Polysulfone (PSU) E E E E G G P P G F
1000 Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) G P P P E G P G G F
1100 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) G P P P E G P G G F
1200 S Ester-based Thermoplastic
Polyurethane Elastomer
(TPUR) F P F P P F E G F P
1200 T Ether-based Thermoplastic
Polyurethane Elastomer
(TPUR) F P F P P F G F F P
1300 Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) E E E E G E E G G G
1400 Polyethersulfone (PES) E P E E P3 F P F G F
1500 Polyether-Ester Block Copolymer
Thermoplastic Elastomer
(TEEE) G P F P P/E8 E6 P/E8 E P G
1700 Modified Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) E E E E P P F P F F
1800 Acrylic (PMMA) P P G F P P P F G G
1800 A Polycarbonate/Acrylic Alloy (PC/PMMA) G G G G P F P F F F
2100 Polyetherimide (PEI) E E E P P4 F P F G F
2200 Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) E E E E E E E G G G
2200 A Polyetherketone (PEK) E E E E E E E G G G
2300 Rigid Thermoplastic Polyurethane (RTPU) G G F G P4 P P F F P
2500 Polycarbonate/ABS Alloy (PC/ABS) E G1 G F P3 P P P G F
2700 Styrenic Block Copolymer Thermoplastic Elastomer (SBC) E G E G P3 G P P P P
2800 Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV) E G E G P3 E F7 F7 P F
2900 Polyether-Block-Amide
Thermoplastic Elastomer
(PEBA) E E E E E E E E F E
3000 Polymethylpentene (PMP) E G1 E E P3 G P F G F
3100 Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) E E E E E E E G G G
3200 Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) E E E E E E E G G G
3300 Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) E E E E E E E G G G
3400 Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) E E E E E E E G G G
3500 Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) E E E E E E E G F P
3900 Polyetherketoneetherketoneketone (PEKEKK) E E E E E E E G G G
4000 Polyphthalamide (PPA) E G E G E G E G G F
4100 Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) E E E E E E E G G G
4200 Thermoplastic Polyimide (TPI) E E E E E E E E E E
4300 Polysulfone/Polycarbonate Alloy (PSU/PC) E G G G F G F G F F
4400 High Temperature Nylon (HTN) F P E F G G P G F F
4600 Syndiotactic Polystyrene (SPS) E E E E G G F F F F
4700 Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT) G P P P E G P G G F
RTP Series Base Resin Weak Acids Strong Acids Weak Alkalis Strong Alkalis Organic
Solvents
Alcohols Hydro Carbons Fuels Gamma Radiation UV Radiation

Notes:

  1. Attacked by oxidizing acids.
  2. Attacked by sulfuric acid.
  3. Soluble in aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
  4. Soluble in ketones and esters, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
  5. Below 176 degrees F (80 degrees C).
  6. At ambient temperature.
  7. Property retention with swelling.
  8. Varies with hardness.

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