Polyvinyl chloride is an extremely well-known material for the manufacture of doors and windows gaskets and it is used in many industries. PVC is the polymer of vinyl chloride, the most important polymer of the series obtained from vinyl monomer. It is particularly appreciated for its mechanical properties, which may vary depending on the insertion of other materials that modify its use, making it suitable for multiple situations.
The characteristics of polyvinyl chloride
Polyvinyl chloride is a plastic material with excellent rigidity, hardness and particular resistance to both chemical agents, weather and UV rays. Its strength is also appreciated in contact with saline and alkaline solutions, acids, solvents, gasoline, greases and oils. In this regard, it is good to know that polyvinyl chloride does not offer substance-resistance such as chlorinated hydrocarbons, polar solvents, aromatic hydrocarbon, benzene, liquid halogens, concentrated sulphuric acid and concentrated nitric acid. Moreover, polyvinyl chloride does not absorb water and from the physiological point of view it offers the possibility of being employed in the food and medicine sectors. PVC is one of the main plastic materials, because it can be blended with inorganic products and plasticizers that make it flexible and malleable, and this fact expands the possibilities of use. It is stable and safe in technological applications at ambient temperatures and, it is good to keep in mind that polyvinyl chloride becomes dangerous if you burn or heat it at high temperatures. As matter of fact, it can release hydrochloric acid, dioxin or vinyl chloride monomer because of the presence of chlorine.