The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers


Strength at Break (Tensile)

Tensile strength (TS) at break measures the maximum stress a plastic specimen can withstand while being stretched before breaking. Some materials can break sharply (brittle failure) while some others will deform or elongate before breaking.

In the International System, the unit of Tensile Strength is the pascal (Pa) (or megapascals, MPa or even GPa, megapascals), which is equivalent to newtons per square meter (N/m2). In the US, pounds-force per square inch (lbf/in2 or psi), or kilo-pounds per square inch (kpsi) are commonly used for convenience when measuring tensile strengths.

ASTM D638 and ISO 527 are the standards commonly used to measure the tensile properties of plastics.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Min Value(MPa) Max Value(MPa)
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene 29.800 43.000
ABS FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene flame retardant 30.000 50.000
ABS High Heat Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Heat 30.000 60.000
ABS High Impact Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Impact 30.000 45.000
ABS/PC Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 40.000 50.000
ABS/PC 20% GF Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 20% glass fiber 75.000 80.000
ABS/PC FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate flame retardant 40.000 55.000
Amorphous TPI Blend, Ultra-high heat, Chemical Resistant (High Flow) Amorphous TPI Blend, Ultra-high heat, Chemical Resistant (High Flow) 105.000 105.000
Amorphous TPI Blend, Ultra-high heat, Chemical Resistant (Standard Flow) Amorphous TPI Blend, Ultra-high heat, Chemical Resistant (Standard Flow) 160.000 160.000
Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Lead-Free Solderable, 30% GF Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Lead-Free Solderable, 30% GF 147.000 147.000
Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Transparent, Lead-Free Solderable (High Flow) Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Transparent, Lead-Free Solderable (High Flow) 74.000 74.000
Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Transparent, Lead-Free Solderable (Standard Flow) Amorphous TPI, High Heat, High Flow, Transparent, Lead-Free Solderable (Standard Flow) 70.000 70.000
Amorphous TPI, Highest heat, Chemical Resistant, 260C UL RTI Amorphous TPI, Highest heat, Chemical Resistant, 260C UL RTI 119.000 119.000
Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent 78.000 78.000
Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Food Contact Approved) Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Food Contact Approved) 78.000 78.000
Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Mold Release grade) Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Mold Release grade) 78.000 78.000
Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Powder form) Amorphous TPI, Moderate Heat, Transparent (Powder form) 78.000 78.000
ASA Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate 47.000 56.000
ASA/PC Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate/Polycarbonate 45.000 50.000
ASA/PC FR Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate/Polycarbonate flame retardant 48.000 48.000
ASA/PVC Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate/Polyvinyl Chloride 45.000 50.000
CA - Cellulose Acetate Cellulose Acetate 24.000 52.000
CAB - Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Cellulose Acetate Butyrate 18.000 48.000
COC Cyclic Olefin Copolymer 46.000 63.000
CP - Cellulose Proprionate Cellulose Proprionate 14.000 50.000
CPVC - Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride CPVC - Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride 45.000 60.000
ECTFE Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene 45.000 54.000
ETFE Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene 45.000 45.000
EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate 7.000 30.000
EVOH Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol 30.000 205.000
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene 19.000 21.000
HDPE - High Density Polyethylene HDPE - High Density Polyethylene 30.000 40.000
HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene 20.000 45.000
HIPS FR V0 High Impact Polystyrene flame retardant V0 15.000 30.000
Ionomer (EMAC) Ionomer (Ethylene-Methyl Acrylate Copolymer) 11.000 37.000
LCP Liquid Crystal Polymer 175.000 175.000
LCP CF Liquid Crystal Polymer carbon fiber 190.000 240.000
LCP GF Liquid Crystal Polymer glass fiber 160.000 220.000
LCP MINERAL Liquid Crystal Polymer mineral 110.000 180.000
LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene 10.000 20.000
LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene 25.000 45.000
PA 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced Polyamide 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced 80.000 136.000
PA 11 conductive Polyamide 11 conductive 37.000 37.000
PA 11 flexible Polyamide 11 flexible 43.000 59.000
PA 11 rigid Polyamide 11 rigid 37.000 58.000
PA 12 conductive Polyamide 12 conductive 39.000
PA 12 fiber reinforced Polyamide 12 fiber reinforced 72.000 145.000
PA 12 flexible Polyamide 12 flexible 50.000 56.000
PA 12 glass filled Polyamide 12 glass filled 37.000 50.000
PA 12 rigid Polyamide 12 rigid 56.000 69.000
PA 46 Polyamide 46 65.000 85.000
PA 46 30% GF Polyamide 46 30% glass fiber 128.000 132.000
PA 6 Polyamide 6 50.000 95.000
PA 6-10 Polyamide 6-10 50.000 65.000
PA 66 Polyamide 6-6 50.000 95.000
PA 66 30% GF Polyamide 6-6 30% glass fiber 100.000 125.000
PA 66 30% mineral filled Polyamide 6-6 30% mineral filled 45.000 200.000
PA 66 IM 15-30% GF Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 15-30% glass fiber 90.000 120.000
PA 66 impact modified Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 40.000 50.000
PA semi-aromatic Polyamide semi-aromatic 60.000 60.000
PAI Polyamide-Imide 190.000 195.000
PAI 30% GF Polyamide-Imide 30% glass fiber 210.000 210.000
PAI low friction Polyamide-Imide low friction 125.000 165.000
PAN Polyacrylonitrile 50.000 65.000
PAR Polyarylate 25.000 65.000
PARA 30-60% GF Polyarylamide 30-60% glass fiber 190.000 280.000
PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate 40.000 50.000
PBT 30% GF Polybutylene Terephthalate 30% glass fiber 135.000 140.000
PC 20-40% GF Polycarbonate 20-40% glass fiber 90.000 160.000
PC 20-40% GF FR Polycarbonate 20-40% glass fiber flame retardant 90.000 140.000
PC high heat Polycarbonate high heat 55.000 77.000
PC/PBT glass filled Polycarbonate/Polybutyleneterphtalate blend glass filled 62.000 110.000
PCTFE Polymonochlorotrifluoroethylene 32.000 40.000
PE 30% GF Polyethylene 30% glass fiber 52.000 63.000
PEEK Polyetheretherketone 90.000 150.000
PEEK 30% CF Polyetheretherketone 30% carbon fiber 200.000 220.000
PEEK 30% GF Polyetheretherketone 30% glass fiber 150.000 180.000
PEI Polyetherimide 90.000 100.000
PEI 30% GF Polyetherimide 30% glass fiber 150.000 160.000
PEI mineral filled Polyetherimide mineral filled 90.000 100.000
PEKK– Low cristallinity grade Polyetherketoneketone– Low cristallinity grade 89.500 89.500
PESU Polyethersulfone 70.000 90.000
PESU 10-30% GF Polyethersulfone 10-30% glass fiber 75.000 140.000
PET Polyethylene Terephtalate 45.000 70.000
PET 30% GF Polyethylene Terephtalate 30% glass fiber 140.000 160.000
PET 30/35% GF Impact modified Polyethylene Terephtalate 30/35% glass fiber impact modified 100.000 110.000
PET G Polyethylene Terephtalate Glycol 40.000 40.000
PE-UHMW Polyethylene -Ultra High Molecular Weight 39.000 49.000
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy 27.000 30.000
PGA - Polyglycolides Polyglycolides 68.900 68.900
PHB - Polyhydroxybutyrate Polyhydroxybutyrate 25.000 27.000
PHB-V(5% valerate) Poly(hydroxybutyrate - co- valerate) 35.000 37.000
PI Polyimide 72.000 120.000
PLA Polylactide 52.000 54.000
PLA-High heat films Polylactide-High heat films 102.200 104.200
PMMA Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) 38.000 70.000
PMMA high heat Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) high heat 65.000 79.000
PMMA Impact modified Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) impact modified 35.000 65.000
PMP Polymethylpentene 16.000 18.000
PMP 30% GF Polymethylpentene 30% glass fiber 60.000 68.000
PMP mineral filled Polymethylpentene mineral filled 17.000 18.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Carbon Fiber, Long, 30 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Carbon Fiber, Long, 30 % Filler by Weight 290.000 290.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Carbon Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Carbon Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight 305.000 305.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight 230.000 230.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight 210.000 210.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight 270.000 270.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight 230.000 230.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 60 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 60 % Filler by Weight 270.000 270.000
Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 60 % Filler by Weight Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)/Glass Fiber, Long, 60 % Filler by Weight 250.000 250.000
Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 30 % Filler by Weight Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 30 % Filler by Weight 120.000 120.000
Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight 130.000 130.000
Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 40 % Filler by Weight 120.000 120.000
Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight 130.000 130.000
Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight Polypropylene Homopolymer (PP Homopolymer)/Glass Fiber, Long, 50 % Filler by Weight 130.000 130.000
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal) 60.000 70.000
POM impact modified Polyoxymethylene (acetal) impact modified 45.000 60.000
POM low friction Polyoxymethylene (acetal) low friction 50.000 70.000
POM mineral filled Polyoxymethylene (acetal) mineral filled 50.000 75.000
PP 10-20% GF Polypropylene 10-20% glass fiber 35.000 56.000
PP 10-40% mineral filled Polypropylene 10-40% mineral filled 18.000 24.000
PP 10-40% TALC Polypropylene 10-40% talc 21.000 28.000
PP 30-40% GF Polypropylene 30-40% glass fiber 42.000 70.000
PP copo Polypropylene copolymer 30.000 35.000
PP homo Polypropylene homopolymer 20.000 40.000
PP impact modified Polypropylene impact modified 23.000 35.000
PPA Polyphthalamide 85.000 85.000
PPA – 30% mineral Polyphthalamide– 30% mineral 79.000 81.000
PPA – 33% glass fiber Polyphthalamide – 33% glass fiber 192.000 194.000
PPA – 33% glass fiber – high flow Polyphthalamide– 33% glass fiber – high flow 162.000 163.000
PPA – 45% glass fiber Polyphthalamide– 45% glass fiber 227.000 229.000
PPE Polyphenylene Ether 45.000 60.000
PPE 30% GF Polyphenylene Ether 30% glass fiber 100.000 130.000
PPE FR Polyphenylene Ether flame retardant 45.000 55.000
PPE impact modified Polyphenylene Ether impact modified 45.000 55.000
PPE mineral filled Polyphenylene Ether mineral filled 65.000 75.000
PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide 50.000 80.000
PPS 20-30% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 20-30% glass fiber 130.000 150.000
PPS 40% GF Polyphenylene Sulfide 40% glass fiber 120.000 150.000
PPS conductive Polyphenylene Sulfide conductive 60.000 140.000
PPS GF & mineral Polyphenylene Sulfide glass fiber & mineral 60.000 150.000
PPSU Polyphenylene Sulfone 75.800 76.000
PS 30 % GF Polystyrene 30% glass fiber 70.000 70.000
PS crystal Polystyrene crystal 35.000 60.000
PS high heat Polystyrene high heat 40.000 60.000
PSU Polysulfone 70.000 80.000
PSU 30% GF Polysulfone 30% glass fiber 100.000 125.000
PSU mineral filled Polysulfone mineral filled 65.000 70.000
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene 0.000 10.000
PTFE 25% GF Polytetrafluoroethylene 25% glass fiber 15.000 20.000
PVC 20% GF Polyvinyl Chloride 20% glass fiber 60.000 90.000
PVC plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride plasticized 7.000 25.000
PVC plasticized filled Polyvinyl Chloride plasticized filled 10.000 25.000
PVC rigid Polyvinyl Chloride rigid 35.000 60.000
PVDC Polyvinylidene Chloride 20.000 35.000
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride 40.000 50.000
SAN Styrene Acrylonitrile 65.000 85.000
SAN 20% GF Styrene Acrylonitrile 20% glass fiber 100.000 120.000
SMA Styrene Maleic Anhydride 35.000 55.000
SMA 20% GF Styrene Maleic Anhydride 20% glass fiber 56.000 75.000
SMA FR V0 Styrene Maleic Anhydride flame retardant V0 20.000 25.000
SMMA Styrene Methyl Methacrylate 30.000 60.700
SRP Polyphenylene (Self reinforced) 159.000 207.000
TPS/PE Thermoplastic Starch/ Polyethylene Blend (30 micron films tested) 20.000 20.000
XLPE - Crosslinked Polyethylene XLPE - Crosslinked Polyethylene 11.000 32.000

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