The clear polycarbonate round tube is made of a durable plastic that maintains its toughness, dimensional stability, and excellent impact resistance. Clear polycarbonate is often used as a lightweight, impact-resistant alternative to glass. The tube has a temperature range of -275 to +250 degrees F.
Plastic refers to a group of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that have been engineered to achieve specific properties. The most notable characteristics of plastic are its low weight, machinability, corrosion resistance, and typically good thermal and electrical insulating properties. Depending on their properties, certain plastic grades can be used as alternatives to metal, glass, and ceramic. Some grades also offer optical clarity, a low-friction or self-lubricating surface, or exceptional impact resistance. Unlike metal, plastic may experience creep, which is deformation caused by longtime exposure to a constant load.
Tensile strength, used to indicate the material’s overall strength, is the peak stress it can withstand before it breaks. Corrosion resistance describes the material's ability to prevent deterioration caused by atmosphere, moisture, or other medium. Wear resistance indicates the ability to prevent surface damage caused by contact with other surfaces. Toughness describes the material's ability to absorb energy before breaking, while hardness (commonly measured as indentation hardness) describes its resistance to permanent surface deformation. Impact resistance is the measure of a material’s ability to absorb a shock of energy before breaking.