How to identify plastic material

The following are the identification methods of several commonly used plastic materials:

First, the appearance identification method

(1) PE, PP, PA, etc. have different bendability, the hand touches with a hard waxy slip, and there is a soft horny sound when struck. Compared with PS, ABS, PC, PMMA, etc., there is no extensibility, the hand touch is sexy, and the sound is crisp when struck.

(2) The relative density of PE and PP is less than 1, so it floats on water; most other plastics are larger than 1, so they sink in water.

(3) Before the dyeing, the LDPE plastic particles are milky white and transparent, soft, soft and tough, slightly stretchable, and easy to bite and deform with teeth. HDPE is milky white, opaque, slightly hard texture, not too late, and can be deformed with teeth. PP is white translucent, higher in transparency and lighter than PE, more rigid, and extremely difficult to deform with teeth.

(4) The difference between PS, HIPS and ABS is mainly PS brittleness, HIPS and ABS are toughness, so PS is brittle when bent. The latter two are difficult to break and whitish in the bent part. It is easy to identify before it is dyed; PS is transparent, HIPS is milky white, and ABS is light ivory.

Second, the combustion observation method

Different materials have different combustion behaviors when burned, such as flame color and odor (degradation due to plastic heating during actual processing, and low molecular weight), which is also the basic method for identifying commonly used materials.

The degree of combustion, the situation after the fire, the color of the flame, the smoke, the melting, the smell
PE flammable, continuous burning, yellow, blue, rarely dripping paraffin

PP flammable, continuous burning, yellow, blue, less dripping, petroleum flavor

PS flammable, continuous burning, yellow, blue, blue, smoke, no blister, styrene

ABS flammable, continuous burning, all yellow, thick smoke, coking rubber

HIPS flammable, continuous burning, full yellow, thick smoke, no blistering, foaming, rubbery

PMMA slow burning, continuous burning, light blue, white, no, no, no, no foam,

PA flammable, continuous burning, less dripping, burning hair

POM can burn, continue to burn, no drop, spicy taste

PET flammable, continuous burning, no drop, vinegar

PC slow burning, no burning, yellow, black smoke, carbon beam, foaming, fruity smell

PVC is difficult to burn, self-extinguishing, yellow, green, white, white, smoke, spicy

2019-04-25T14:20:46+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Others|