The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers


Sterilization Resistance (Repeated)

Plastics sterilization Resistance characterizes their ability to endure repeated sterilization cycles (chemical, steam or gamma radiation sterilization…) without significant damage. This is particularly useful in applications such as medical and dentistry devices or industrial food equipment.

To our knowledge, no specific standardized test method assesses the sterilization resistance of plastics. Ratings in the table below are based on an overall qualitative assessment.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Value
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene Poor
ABS FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene flame retardant Poor
ABS High Heat Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Heat Poor
ABS High Impact Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Impact Poor
ABS/PC Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate Poor
ABS/PC 20% GF Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 20% glass fiber Poor
ABS/PC FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate flame retardant Poor
ASA/PC FR Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate/Polycarbonate flame retardant Poor
COC Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Fair
EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Poor
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene HDPE - High Density Polyethylene Poor
HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene Poor
HIPS FR V0 High Impact Polystyrene flame retardant V0 Poor
LCP Liquid Crystal Polymer Excellent
LCP CF Liquid Crystal Polymer carbon fiber Excellent
LCP GF Liquid Crystal Polymer glass fiber Excellent
MABS Transparent Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Good
PA 46 30% GF Polyamide 46 30% glass fiber Poor
PA 6 Polyamide 6 Poor
PA 66 Polyamide 6-6 Poor
PA 66 30% GF Polyamide 6-6 30% glass fiber Poor
PA 66 30% mineral filled Polyamide 6-6 30% mineral filled Poor
PA 66 IM 15-30% GF Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 15-30% glass fiber Poor
PA 66 impact modified Polyamide 6-6 impact modified Poor
PC Polycarbonate Fair
PC 20-40% GF Polycarbonate 20-40% glass fiber Fair
PC 20-40% GF FR Polycarbonate 20-40% glass fiber flame retardant Poor
PC high heat Polycarbonate high heat Fair
PC/PBT Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate blend Poor
PC/PBT glass filled Polycarbonate/Polybutyleneterphtalate blend glass filled Poor
PE Polyethylene Poor
PE 30% GF Polyethylene 30% glass fiber Poor
PEEK Polyetheretherketone Good
PEEK 30% CF Polyetheretherketone 30% carbon fiber Good
PEEK 30% GF Polyetheretherketone 30% glass fiber Good
PEI Polyetherimide Good
PEI 30% GF Polyetherimide 30% glass fiber Good
PEI mineral filled Polyetherimide mineral filled Good
PESU Polyethersulfone Fair
PESU 10-30% GF Polyethersulfone 10-30% glass fiber Fair
PET Polyethylene Terephtalate Poor
PET 30% GF Polyethylene Terephtalate 30% glass fiber Poor
PET 30/35% GF Impact modified Polyethylene Terephtalate 30/35% glass fiber impact modified Poor
PET G Polyethylene Terephtalate Glycol Poor
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy Excellent
PI Polyimide Excellent
PMMA Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) Poor
PMMA high heat Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) high heat Poor
PMMA Impact modified Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) impact modified Poor
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal) Poor
POM impact modified Polyoxymethylene (acetal) impact modified Poor
POM low friction Polyoxymethylene (acetal) low friction Poor
POM mineral filled Polyoxymethylene (acetal) mineral filled Poor
PP Polypropylene Poor
PP 10-20% GF Polypropylene 10-20% glass fiber Poor
PP 10-40% mineral filled Polypropylene 10-40% mineral filled Poor
PP 10-40% TALC Polypropylene 10-40% talc Poor
PP 30-40% GF Polypropylene 30-40% glass fiber Poor
PP copo Polypropylene copolymer Poor
PP homo Polypropylene homopolymer Poor
PP impact modified Polypropylene impact modified Poor
PPA Polyphthalamide Good
PPE FR Polyphenylene Ether flame retardant Poor
PPE impact modified Polyphenylene Ether impact modified Poor
PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide Good
PPS 20-30% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 20-30% glass fiber Good
PPS 40% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 40% glass fiber Good
PPSU Polyphenylene Sulfone Excellent
PS Polystyrene Poor
PS 30 % GF Polystyrene 30% glass fiber Poor
PS crystal Polystyrene crystal Poor
PS high heat Polystyrene high heat Poor
PSU Polysulfone Good
PSU 30% GF Polysulfone 30% glass fiber Good
PSU mineral filled Polysulfone mineral filled Good
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride Poor
PVC plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride plasticized Poor
PVC plasticized filled Polyvinyl Chloride plasticized filled Poor
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride Excellent
SAN Styrene Acrylonitrile Fair
SAN 20% GF Styrene Acrylonitrile 20% glass fiber Poor
SMA Styrene Maleic Anhydride Poor
SMA 20% GF Styrene Maleic Anhydride 20% glass fiber Poor
SMA FR V0 Styrene Maleic Anhydride flame retardant V0 Poor
SMMA Styrene Methyl Methacrylate Fair
SRP Polyphenylene (Self reinforced) Good

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