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Standardized polymer abbreviations
(Campus and other sources)

    *** Check Modern Plastics Encyclopedia for a more comprehensive list. ***
(E/P) Ethylene-propylene
(EVAC) Ethylene-vinyl acetate
(MBS) Methacrylate-butadiene-styrene
ABS Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
ASA AcryIonitrile-styrene-acrylate

C Cellulose polymers
COC Cycloolefincopolymer
ER Epoxide; epoxy
Imod impact modifier
LCP Liquid-crystal polymer

MABS Methyl methacrylate acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene
MF Melamine-formaldehyde
MPF Melamine-phenol-formaldehyde
PA11 Polyamide 11; Nylon11 
PA12 Polyamide 12; Nylon12

PA46 Polyamide 46; Nylon46
PA6 Polyamide 6; Nylon6
PA66 Polyamide 66; Nylon6-6
PA610 Polyamide 610; Nylon6-10
PA612 Polyamide 612; Nylon6-12

PA666 Polyamide 666
PA66/6T Polyamide 66/6T
PAEK Polyaryletherketone
PBT Poly(butylene terephthalate)

PC Polycarbonate
PCCE Poly(cyclohexylene dimethylene cyclohexanedicarboxylate), glycol and acid comonomer
PCTA Poly(cyclohexylene dimethylene terephthalate), acid
PCTG Poly(cyclohexylene dimethylene terephthalate), glycol
PE Polyethylene

PEI Polyetherimide
PEN Polyethylenenaphthalate
PES Polyethersulfone
PET Poly(ethylene terephthalate)
PETG Poly(ethylene terephthalate), glycol

PF Phenol-formaldehyde
PK Polyketone
PLGA Polylactic glycolic acid
PMMA Poly(methyl methacylate)
POM Poly(oxymethylene); Polyformaldehyde

PP Polypropylene
PPE Poly(phenylene ether)
PPS Poly(phenylene sulfide)
PPSU Poly(phenylene sulfone)
PS Polystyrene

PS-Syndio Syndiotactic polystyrene
PSU Polysulfone
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene; Teflon
PUR Polyurethane
PVC Poly(vinyl chloride)

PVDF Poly(vinylidene fluoride)
SAN Styrene acrylonitrle
SB Styrene-butadiene
SMAH Styrene-maleic anhydride
TPA Polyamide thermoplastic elastomer

TPC Copolyester thermoplastic elastomer
TPO Olefinic thermoplastic elastomer
TPS Styrenic thermoplastic elastomer
TPU Urethane thermoplastic elastomer
TPV Thermoplastic rubber vulcanisate

TPZ Unclassified thermoplastic elastomer, not groupped above UP Unsaturated polyester

Last Modified 
Jul 2006