ABS Properties

Physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties of ABS

ABS is a low cost strong and stiff material with outstanding impact resistance. It is easy to machine, thermoform, and bond with adhesives. ABS is an excellent choice for machine housings, instrument panels, retail store fixtures, storage cases and bases, as well as thermoformed displays, trays, and tote bins when durability is required.

ABS is available in general purpose, machine grade, orthotic grade, fire-rated and FDA compliant grade. It is scratch resistant and comes in a variety of textures and colors. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

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For a glossary of terms, see our Plastic Properties Descriptions.

 

TYPICAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Tensile Strength psi D638 4,100
Flexural Modulus of Elasticity psi D790 304,000
Izod Impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 7.7
Heat Deflection Temperature (66psi / 264psi) °F D648 200  177
Water Absorption
(Immersion 24 hours)
% D570 0.30

 

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Specific Gravity - D792 1.04
Water Absorption
(Immersion 24 hours)
% D570 0.30

 

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Tensile Strength psi D638 4,100
Tensile Modulus of Elasticity psi D638 294,000
Tensile Elongation % D638 32
Flexural Strength psi D790 9,100
Flexural Modulus of Elasticity psi D790 304,000
Compressive Strength psi D695 -
Hardness scale as noted D785, D2240 R102
Izod Impact ft-lbs/in D256 7.7

 

THERMAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion in/in/°F x 10-5 D696 5.6
Heat Deflection Temperature (66psi / 264psi) °F D648 200   177
Max Continuous Service Temperature In Air °F - 160

 

ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Dielectric Strength V/mil D149 -

 

OPTICAL PROPERTIES
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Light Transmittance % D1003 -
Haze % D1003 -

 

OTHER
  UNITS ASTM TEST  
Coefficient of Friction - Dynamic -

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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