The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers


Arc Resistance

When an electric current travels across an insulator's surface, this surface is damaged over time and then becomes conductive. Arc resistance is a measure of the time required to make an insulating surface conductive under a high voltage / low current arc. Values are therefore reported in seconds (s).

The most usual measurement standard or Arc Resistance is ASTM D495.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Min Value(sec) Max Value(sec)
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene 60.000 120.000
ABS FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene flame retardant 60.000 60.000
ABS High Heat Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Heat 45.000 85.000
ABS High Impact Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Impact 45.000 85.000
ABS/PC Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 0.000 120.000
ASA Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate 60.000 120.000
CA - Cellulose Acetate Cellulose Acetate 50.000 300.000
CP - Cellulose Proprionate Cellulose Proprionate 175.000 190.000
ECTFE Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene 50.000 50.000
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene 165.000 180.000
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene HDPE - High Density Polyethylene 100.000 180.000
HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene 20.000 100.000
HIPS FR V0 High Impact Polystyrene flame retardant V0 60.000 120.000
LCP GF Liquid Crystal Polymer glass fiber 124.000 182.000
LCP MINERAL Liquid Crystal Polymer mineral 145.000 183.000
LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene 130.000 160.000
PA 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced Polyamide 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced 70.000 130.000
PA 11 conductive Polyamide 11 conductive 70.000 130.000
PA 11 flexible Polyamide 11 flexible 70.000 130.000
PA 11 rigid Polyamide 11 rigid 70.000 130.000
PA 12 conductive Polyamide 12 conductive 70.000 130.000
PA 12 fiber reinforced Polyamide 12 fiber reinforced 70.000 130.000
PA 12 flexible Polyamide 12 flexible 70.000 130.000
PA 12 glass filled Polyamide 12 glass filled 70.000 130.000
PA 12 rigid Polyamide 12 rigid 70.000 130.000
PA 6 Polyamide 6 118.000 125.000
PA 6-10 Polyamide 6-10 120.000 120.000
PA 66 Polyamide 6-6 130.000 140.000
PA 66 30% GF Polyamide 6-6 30% glass fiber 60.000 135.000
PA 66 IM 15-30% GF Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 15-30% glass fiber 85.000 135.000
PA 66 impact modified Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 95.000 125.000
PAR Polyarylate 125.000 125.000
PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate 124.000 190.000
PBT 30% GF Polybutylene Terephthalate 30% glass fiber 10.000 130.000
PC 20-40% GF FR Polycarbonate 20-40% glass fiber flame retardant 30.000 120.000
PC high heat Polycarbonate high heat 110.000 120.000
PCTFE Polymonochlorotrifluoroethylene 350.000 400.000
PE 30% GF Polyethylene 30% glass fiber 140.000 140.000
PEEK Polyetheretherketone 40.000 40.000
PEEK 30% GF Polyetheretherketone 30% glass fiber 30.000 40.000
PEI Polyetherimide 128.000 128.000
PEI 30% GF Polyetherimide 30% glass fiber 85.000 85.000
PEI mineral filled Polyetherimide mineral filled 140.000 140.000
PESU Polyethersulfone 20.000 120.000
PESU 10-30% GF Polyethersulfone 10-30% glass fiber 75.000 75.000
PET Polyethylene Terephtalate 75.000 125.000
PET 30% GF Polyethylene Terephtalate 30% glass fiber 94.000 125.000
PET G Polyethylene Terephtalate Glycol 75.000 125.000
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy 180.000 180.000
PMP 30% GF Polymethylpentene 30% glass fiber 120.000 120.000
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal) 200.000 220.000
POM impact modified Polyoxymethylene (acetal) impact modified 120.000 120.000
POM low friction Polyoxymethylene (acetal) low friction 126.000 183.000
PP 10-20% GF Polypropylene 10-20% glass fiber 75.000 100.000
PP 10-40% mineral filled Polypropylene 10-40% mineral filled 100.000 130.000
PP 10-40% TALC Polypropylene 10-40% talc 100.000 130.000
PP 30-40% GF Polypropylene 30-40% glass fiber 60.000 75.000
PP copo Polypropylene copolymer 135.000 180.000
PP homo Polypropylene homopolymer 135.000 180.000
PP impact modified Polypropylene impact modified 135.000 180.000
PPA – 30% mineral Polyphthalamide– 30% mineral 119.000 121.000
PPA – 33% glass fiber Polyphthalamide – 33% glass fiber 119.000 121.000
PPA – 33% glass fiber – high flow Polyphthalamide– 33% glass fiber – high flow 0.000 0.000
PPA – 45% glass fiber Polyphthalamide– 45% glass fiber 124.000 126.000
PPE Polyphenylene Ether 53.000 80.000
PPE 30% GF Polyphenylene Ether 30% glass fiber 120.000 120.000
PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide 124.000 124.000
PPS 20-30% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 20-30% glass fiber 120.000 127.000
PPS 40% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 40% glass fiber 34.000 34.000
PPS GF & mineral Polyphenylene Sulfide glass fiber & mineral 116.000 182.000
PS 30 % GF Polystyrene 30% glass fiber 40.000 85.000
PS crystal Polystyrene crystal 60.000 80.000
PSU Polysulfone 60.000 120.000
PSU 30% GF Polysulfone 30% glass fiber 100.000 100.000
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene 200.000 300.000
PVC rigid Polyvinyl Chloride rigid 60.000 80.000
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride 50.000 70.000
SAN Styrene Acrylonitrile 100.000 150.000
SAN 20% GF Styrene Acrylonitrile 20% glass fiber 60.000 75.000

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