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Chemical Resistance of Polycarbonate

The chemical resistance of a polymer (polycarbonate) describes its ability to maintain mechanical integrity while being exposed to specific chemical environments. Temperature, chemical concentration, state of mechanical stress, and duration of exposure are vital variables that influence the ultimate performance of polycarbonate in a particular situation.    Given these many critical variables, the final classification of “suitable for use” depends on the application. The information contained in the following chart can be used only as a guide in assessing the general suitability of polycarbonate for a particular application. The prospective user must determine, by proper testing, the correct application of our product in their specific use.

Please consult Fibox customer service directly should you have any questions regarding specific protection against corrosion. The following environmental resistance ratings are based upon submersion for 48 hours in the reagent listed.

E-Excellent, G-Good, L-Limited, U-Unsatisfactory, and ND-No Data.

Acetic Acid G
Acetic Acid 20% E
Acetic Acid 80% G
Acetic Acid, Glacial G
Acetic Anhydribe U
Acetone U
Acetyl Chloride (dry) U
Acetylene U
Acrylonitrile U
Alcohols: Amyl G
Alcohols: Butyl E
Alcohols: Ethyl G
Alcohols: Isobutyl ND
Alcohols: Isopropyl E
Alcohols: Methyl G
Aluminum Chloride E
Aluminum Chloride 20% E
Aluminum Hydroxide G
Aluminum Nitrate E
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 100% E
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 10% E
Aluminum Sulfate E
Amines U
Ammonia 10% U
Ammonia Nitrate G
Ammonia, anhydrous U
Ammonia, liquid U
Ammonium Carbonate ND
Ammonium Chloride E
Ammonium Hydroxide U
Ammonium Nitrate ND
Ammonium Oxalate E
Ammonium Persulfate E
Ammonium Phosphate, Dibasic E
Ammonium Sulfate E
Ammonium Sulfite ND
Amyl Acetate U
Amyl Alcohol G
Aniline U
Aniline Hydrochloride U
Antimony Trichloride E
Aqua Regia (80% HCI, 20% HN03) U
Arsenic Acid E
Barium Carbonate E
Barium Chloride E
Barium Hydroxide U
Barium Nitrate U
Barium Sulfate U
Beer E
Benzaldehyde U
Benzene U
Benzene Sulfonic Acid U
Benzoic Acid G
Benzol U
Benzonitrile E
Boric Acid G
Bromine L L
Butadiene U
Butane U
Butanol (Butyl Alcohol) G
Butyl Amine U
Butyl Phthalate U
Butylacetate U
Butylene U
Butyric Acid U
Calcium Bisulfate U
Calcium Bisulfite U
Calcium Carbonate L
Calcium Chlorate ND
Calcium Chloride G
Calcium Hydroxide U
Calcium Hypochlorite U
Calcium Nitrate E
Calcium Sulfate E
Carbolic Acid (Phenol) U
Carbon Disulfide U
Carbon Monoxide G
Carbon Tetrachloride U
Carbonic Acid E
Chloric Acid ND
Chlorine (dry) L
Chlorine Water ND
Chlorine, Anhydrous Liquid L
Chloroacetic Acid U
Chlorobenzene (Mono) U
Chloroform U
Chlorosulfonic Acid L
Chocolate Syrup E
Chromic Acid 10% G
Chromic Acid 30% L
Chromic Acid 5% G
Chromic Acid 50% U
Citric Acid E
Clorox ® (Bleach) G
Copper Cyanide U
Copper Nitrate U
Copper Sulfate >5% E
Copper Sulfate 5% E
Cresols U
Cresylic Acid U
Cupric Acid E
Cyclohexane G
Cyclohexanone U
Detergents E E
Diacetone Alcohol U
Dichlorobenzene U
Dichloroethane U
Diesel Fuel E
Diethyl Ether U
Diethylamine U
Diethylene Glyco G
Dimethyl Aniline U
Dimethyl Formamide U
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) E
Ethane ND
Ethanol G G
Ethyl Acetate U
Ethyl Benzoate U
Ethyl Chloride U
Ethylene Bromide U
Ethylene Chloride U
Ethylene Chlorohydrin U
Ethylene Diamine E
Ethylene Dichloride U
Ethylene Glycol G
Ethylene Oxide L
Fatty Acids G
Ferric Chloride E
Ferric Nitrate E
Ferric sulfate E
Ferrous Chloride U
Ferrous Sulfate E
Fluorine L
Fluosilicic Acid E
Formaldehyde 100% E
Formaldehyde 40% E
Formic Acid E
Fuel Oils G
Gasoline (high-aromatic) E
Gasoline, leaded, ref. E
Gasoline, unleaded E
Glucose E
Glycerin E
Heptane G
Hexane G
Hydraulic Oil (Petro) ND
Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic) ND
Hydrazine U
Hydrochloric Acid 100% U
Hydrochloric Acid 20% G
Hydrochloric Acid 37% U
Hydrocyanic Acid (Gas 10%) G
Hydrofluoric Acid 100% U
Hydrofluoric Acid 20% U
Hydrofluoric Acid 50% U
Hydrofluoric Acid 75% U
Hydrogen Gas E
Hydrogen Peroxide 10% E
Hydrogen Peroxide 100% E
Hydrogen Peroxide 30% E
Hydrogen Peroxide 50% E
Hydrogen Sulfide (aqua) E
Hydrogen Sulfide (dry) ND
Isooctane G
Isopropyl Acetate U
Isopropyl Ether U
Jet Fuel (JP3,JP4,JP5) E
Kerosene U
Ketones U
Lacquer Thinners G
Lacquers U
Lactic Acid G
Lead Sulfamate E
Lithium Chloride G
Lithium Hydroxide U
Lubricants E
Lye: Ca(OH)2 Calcium Hydroxide U
Lye: KOH Potassium Hydroxide U
Lye: NaOH Sodium Hydroxide U
Magnesium Bisulfate E
Magnesium Carbonate E
Magnesium Chloride E
Magnesium Hydroxide E
Magnesium Nitrate E
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) E
Manganese Sulfate E
Mercuric Chloride (dilute) E
Mercurous Nitrate E
Mercury U
Methane G
Methanol (Methyl Alcohol) G
Methyl Alcohol 10% G
Methyl Butyl Ketone U
Methyl Cellosolve U
Methyl Chloride U
Methyl Ethyl Ketone U
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone U
Methyl Isopropyl Ketone U
Methyl Methacrylate U
Mineral Spirits L
Motor oil E
Naphtha G
Nickel Chloride E
Nickel Nitrate U
Nickel Sulfate E
Nitrating Acid (<15% H2S04) ND
Nitrating Acid (<15% HN03) ND
Nitric Acid (20%) G
Nitric Acid (50%) G
Nitric Acid (5-10%) E
Nitric Acid (Concentrated) L
Nitrobenzene U
Nitromethane U
Oils: Diesel Fuel (20,30,40,50) ND
Oils: Fuel (1,2,3,5A,5B,6) G
Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Petro) ND
Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic) ND
Oils: Mineral G
Oils: Olive E
Oils: Orange L
Oils: Pine E
Ozone E
Pentane E
Perchloroethylene  U
Phenol (10%) G
Phenol (Carbolic Acid) U
Phosphoric Acid (_40%) E
Phosphoric Acid (>40%) E
Phosphoric Acid (crude) E
Phosphoric Acid (molten) ND
Phosphoric Acid Anhydride U
Phosphorus Trichloride L
Photographic Developer E
Photographic Solutions E
Phthalic Anhydride E
Potassium Bromide E
Potassium Chlorate E
Potassium Chloride E
Potassium Dichromate E
Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash) U
Potassium Nitrate E
Potassium Oxalate
Potassium Permanganate E
Potassium Sulfate E
Potassium Sulfide ND
Propane (liquefied) L
Propylene ND
Propylene Glycol G
Pyridine U
Resorcinal G
Salicylic Acid E
Salt Brine (NaCI saturated) E
Sea Water E
Silicone E
Silver Bromide ND
Silver Nitrate E
Soap Solutions E
Soda Ash (see Sodium Carbonate) E
Sodium Acetate E
Sodium Benzoate E
Sodium Bicarbonate E
Sodium Bisulfate E
Sodium Bisulfite E
Sodium Borate (Borax) E
Sodium Bromide ND
Sodium Carbonate E
Sodium Chlorate E
Sodium Chloride E
Sodium Chromate E
Sodium Hydroxide (20%) E
Sodium Hydroxide (50%) L
Sodium Hydroxide (80%) U
Sodium Hypochlorite (5%) ND
Sodium Hypochlorite(<20%) E
Sodium Hypochlorite (100%) ND
Sodium Peroxide E
Sodium Sulfate E
Sodium Sulfide U
Sodium Sulfite ND
Sodium Thiosulfate (hypo) U
Stannic Chloride E
Sulfur Dioxide I
Sulfur Dioxide (dry) E
Sulfuric Acid (<10%) E
Sulfuric Acid (10-75%) G
Sulfuric Acid (75-100%) U
Sulfuric Acid (cold concentrated) ND
Sulfuric Acid (hot concentrated) U
Tannic Acid L
Toluene (Toluol) U
Trichloroacetic Acid U
Trichloroethane U
Trisodium Phosphate ND
Turpentine U
Urea E
Vinegar E
Water, Acid, Mine G
Water, Deionized ND
Water, Distilled E
Water, Fresh E
Water, Salt E
Whiskey & Wines E
Xylene U
Zinc Chloride E
Zinc Sulfate E