It is an undeniable fact that plastics have become an integral part of the modern world. Today, literally everything can be made from plastic. The biggest advantage of plastics is that though they are flexible they are rigid and can be used to execute jobs that require strength. This is why we find an ever increasing use of plastics in the industrial as well as domestic sector. There are different kinds of plastics available in the world and they are used for different purposes. ABS Sheets are the latest developments in the plastic industry. These sheets are more rigid and stronger than normal plastic sheets and are gradually becoming more and more prevalent in day to day use.
Composition of ABS plastic
ABS is a type of thermoplastic that is obtained after polymerizing acrylonitrile and styrene. The proportions generally vary from 40 to 60 percent of styrene, 5 to 30 percent of butadiene and 15 to 35 percent of acrylonitrile. In ABS long chains of polybutadiene remain entangled with shorter polystyrene-co- acrylonitrile chains. It is possible to use ABS in temperature ranging between -20 degree Celsius and 80 degree Celsius, though some of its properties change with the change in temperature. The styrene present in the ABS makes that plastic stronger and more shiny, whereas the butadiene in the plastic makes it more flexible.
The advantages of using ABS
The main advantage of ABS is that it can be used under different temperatures, right from -20 degree Celsius to 80 degree Celsius. Thus it can be used for a number of purposes. Moreover, these plastics are stronger than normal plastics yet they are more flexible even at low temperature. Therefore, they are ideal for where there is a need of strength and flexibility at the same time. ABS plastics do not erode when they come into contact with most acids, alcohol and alkalis, moreover, they are also soluble in acetone, ethylene dichloride, ketones and esters.