PVC itself is hard and rigid but the addition of phthalate esters as plasticizers makes it soft and pliable and ideal for gloves, photographic dishes and tubing. Polyvinylchloride is generally transparent with a bluish tint. It is attacked by many organic solvents but it has a very good resistance to oils and it has a low permeability to gases. It is not recommended for use above 70º Celsius although it can be taken to 80º for short periods.
Unit of Measure


N/A 1/2 in12 7/10 mm


N/A Gray

Material Resin



N/A W/Marks

PVC Resistance

  • Excellent resistance to Dilute and Concentrated Acids, Alcohols, Bases, Aliphatic Hydrocarbons and Mineral Oils
  • Great resistance to Vegetable Oils and Oxidizing Agents
  • Limited resistance to Aldehydes
  • Poor resistance with Aldehydes, Esters, Aromatic and Halogenated Hydrocarbons, and Ketones

Polyvinylchloride Quick Facts

  • Maximum Temperature: 158ºF 70ºC
  • Minimum Temperature: -13ºF -25ºC
  • Autoclavable: No
  • Melting Point: 176ºF 80ºC
  • Tensile Strength: 6,500 psi
  • Hardness: R105
  • UV Resistance: Good
  • Clear
  • Rigid
  • Specific Gravity: 1.34

Polyvinylchloride Fabrication

  • This unique material is glue able and weldable
  • Supplied in gray, white, and clear, in sheet, rod, or tubing
  • PVC is very machinable and heat bends nicely
  • This is a popular material for tanks and fittings
  • PVC is normally used for nuts, bolts, ducts, hoods, and process tanks

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