CE Canvas Phenolic

CE Canvas Phenolic is Widely Used For:

  • Insulators for electromechanical devices
  • Gears
  • Rollers
  • Jigs
  • Fixtures
  • Pulleys
  • Wear pads

Performance Characteristics:

  • High strength and stiffness at relatively low cost
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • Creep resistance
  • Good electrical insulating properties

Common Brands:

  • Micarta
  • Bakelite®

CE Canvas Phenolic

Electrical grade phenolic sheet material with cotton canvas reinforcement

CE canvas phenolic sheet is an electrical grade high strength composite that consists of phenolic resin impregnated into layers of woven cotton canvas fabric. CE phenolic is strong and stiff and it has excellent creep resistance and outstanding dimensional stability. It is used for a wide variety of industrial applications including insulators for electromechanical devices, jigs, fixtures, and gears. CE canvas phenolic can be machined, drilled, punched, sanded, tapped, turned, milled, sheared and cut. Cotton is used in applications where mechanical strength and machinability is important.

Tech Tip– Cotton canvas is a relatively coarse woven fabric and because of this, CE phenolic sheet is most often used for parts that lack small machined features. Linen phenolic sheet is more expensive than canvas phenolic but it is made using a finer woven cloth. This allows linen phenolic to be used for machined parts that have small geometric features. 

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SHEET Dimensions:
36 in x 48 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.031 in – 2 in
ROD Diameter:
0.187 in – 6 in
COLOR Natural
GRADES Electrical Grade

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes available upon request.

CE Canvas Phenolic Properties

Typical properties OF CE CANVAS PHENOLIC
Specific gravity   D792 1.37
Tensile strength (CW) psi D638 9,000
Flexural strength (CW) psi D790 15,000
Flexural modulus psi D790 1,500,000
Compressive strength psi D695 34,000
Hardness Rockwell M D785 100
Izod impact (notched, CW) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 1.5
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F   257
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D229 2.00

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand. 

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