XX Paper Phenolic

XX Paper Phenolic is Widely Used For:

  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Tabletops
  • Insulators for electromechanical devices

Performance Characteristics:

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

Common Brands:

  • Micarta
  • Bakelite®

XX Paper Phenolic

High strength, low cost composite made from phenolic resin impregnated into layers of paper

XX Paper Phenolic is a high strength composite made by impregnating phenolic resin into layers of paper. XX paper phenolic is strong and stiff, with excellent creep resistance and outstanding dimensional stability. Its used for a wide variety of mechanical and electrical applications including table tops, jigs, fixtures, and insulators for electromechanical devices. 

Paper phenolic is available in a number of different grades, each of which is engineered to meet specific mechanical, electrical, and fabrication (machining or die cutting) requirements.

Tech Tip– Paper phenolic, a thermoset composite material, offers strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability at a cost lower than more expensive thermoplastics with comparable mechanical properties.

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SHEET Dimensions:
36 in x 48 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.031 in – 2 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.062 in – 2.250 in
COLOR Natural

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

Properties of XX Paper Phenolic

Typical properties OF XX PAPER PHENOLIC
Specific gravity   D792 1.35
Tensile strength (CW) psi D638 11,500
Flexural Strength (CW) psi D790 17,000
Flexural modulus psi D790 -
Compressive strength psi D695 25,000
Hardness Rockwell M D785 120
Izod impact (notched, CW) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 0.4
Maximum continuous service
temperature in air
°F   266
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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