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Toughness at Low Temperature

There are numerous impact tests available. We have selected Notched Izod Impact test performed at low temperature (-40°F or -40°C). It measures the energy to be applied to a notched standardized sample to break it at low temperature.

The result of the Izod test is reported in energy lost during the impact per unit of specimen thickness (such as ft-lb/in or J/cm) at the notch. Tests results, especially in Europe, may be reported as energy lost per unit cross-sectional area at the notch (J/m2 or ft-lb/in2).

Test methods used to measure Notched Izod Impact are ASTM D256 and ISO 180.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Min Value(J/m) Max Value(J/m)
ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene 20.000 160.000
ABS FR Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene flame retardant 30.000 90.000
ABS High Heat Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Heat 40.000 90.000
ABS High Impact Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene High Impact 70.000 250.000
ABS/PC Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 74.700 534.000
ABS/PC 20% GF Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene/Polycarbonate 20% glass fiber 80.000 160.000
ASA Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate 21.000 48.000
ASA/PC Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate/Polycarbonate 70.000 70.000
CA - Cellulose Acetate Cellulose Acetate 53.000 69.000
ECTFE Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene 48.000 122.000
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene 999.000 999.000
HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene HIPS - High Impact Polystyrene 69.000 69.000
LCP GF Liquid Crystal Polymer glass fiber 110.000 185.000
LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene 240.000 694.000
LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene LLDPE - Linear Low Density Polyethylene 294.000 970.000
PA 6 Polyamide 6 16.000 210.000
PA 66 Polyamide 6-6 27.000 35.000
PA 66 30% GF Polyamide 6-6 30% glass fiber 90.000 110.000
PA 66 impact modified Polyamide 6-6 impact modified 64.000 220.000
PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate 27.000 120.000
PBT 30% GF Polybutylene Terephthalate 30% glass fiber 86.000 112.000
PC/PBT Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate blend 170.000 640.000
PET 30% GF Polyethylene Terephtalate 30% glass fiber 96.000 101.000
PMMA Impact modified Polymethylmethacrylate (Acrylic) impact modified 19.000 59.000
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal) 53.000 250.000
POM low friction Polyoxymethylene (acetal) low friction 32.000 53.000
PP 10-20% GF Polypropylene 10-20% glass fiber 48.000 48.000
PP 30-40% GF Polypropylene 30-40% glass fiber 64.000 64.000
PP copo Polypropylene copolymer 32.000 32.000
PP homo Polypropylene homopolymer 27.000 107.000
PP impact modified Polypropylene impact modified 25.000 135.000
PPE Polyphenylene Ether 54.000 54.000
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene 80.000 80.000

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