Plasticized (Flexible) Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC-P)

PVC-P is a thermoplastic material, further classified as a polyvinyl plastic.

Material Properties

Density1.4 g/cm3 (87 lb/ft3)

Dielectric Constant (Relative Permittivity)5.8

Dielectric Strength (Breakdown Potential)20 kV/mm (0.78 V/mil)

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus1.4 GPa (0.2 x 106 psi)

Electrical Resistivity Order of Magnitude11 10x Ω-m

Elongation at Break180 %

Glass Transition Temperature75 °C (170 °F)

Heat of Combustion (HOC)25 MJ/kg

Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI)44 %

Melting Onset (Solidus)190 °C (370 °F)

Poisson's Ratio0.39

Specific Heat Capacity1400 J/kg-K

Strength to Weight Ratio11 kN-m/kg

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)16 MPa (2.3 x 103 psi)

Thermal Conductivity0.17 W/m-K

Thermal Diffusivity0.087

Thermal Expansion160 µm/m-K

Water Absorption After 24 Hours0.45 %

Further Reading

Modern Plastics Handbook, Charles A. Harper (editor), 1999

Plastics Materials, 7th ed., J. A. Brydson, 1999

SPI Plastics Engineering Handbook of the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., 5th ed., Michael L. Berins (editor), 2000