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Paper Bakelite®

Paper Bakelite® is made from a Phenol Formaldehyde thermosetting resin which is impregnated into Kraft paper. Generally four types of paper grades are manufactured under the following specifications:


British Specification - BS 2572 Type P1 Type P2 Type P3 Type P4
Australian Standard - ASK 118 Type P1 Type P2 Type P3 -
National Electrical Manufacturers Association - L-1-1983 XX XXX XXXP
Military Specification - (Mil-P 3115B) Type PBE Type PBE-P


(Please refer to your nearest E-Plas branch for rod and tube specifications)

These grades are mainly used for electrical applications where moderate strength but high electrical insulation is required. They are rigid but brittle and exhibit negligible creep or cold flow under compression while being very light, with each grade having varying electrical insulation, machining and punching properties.

They are all electrical insulators with properties ranging from good to excellent but have poor mechanical properties. Environmentally, these grades are not harmed or corroded by exposure to outdoor weather conditions and are resistant to dilute acids and alkalis and a wide range of solvents. They are capable of working in a wide variety of temperatures ranging from cryogenics up to plus 120ºC continuously.

Fields of application: Jigs & fixtures, Electrical insulators and components

Canvas Bakelite® can also be identified by the following trade names: Formica®, Micarta®, Novasteen® Tufnol® Ferroform®, Railko®, Orkot®, Isolit®, Paxolin®,Vulcapas®, Vulcatex®, Texolex®, Spauldite® and Etronax®