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Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS)

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS), also abbreviated as ABS, is a thermoplastic terpolymer consisting of the monomers acrylonitrile, 1,3-butadiene and styrene. The quantity ratio is approximately the same:

  • 15-35 % Acrylonitrile
  • 5-30 % Butadien
  • 40-60 % Styrene

ABS is a colourless to grey solid that is frequently used in the manufacture of household and consumer products. In Europe, ABS is also widely used in the automotive and electrical industries.

Surface energy and contact angle

The following table shows the effect of plasma treatment with the plasma system plasmabrush PB3 on ABS.

Material: ABS Surface energy Contact angle H2O
Untreated 51,0 mN/m 79,5°
5 minutes after plasma treatment 70,5 mN/m 25,5°
1 hour after plasma treatment 72,0 mN/m 25,5°
2 hours after plasma treatment 73,5 mN/m 22,0°
4 hours after plasma treatment 74,0m N/m 19,5°

Oberflächenenergie von Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) vor und nach der Plasmabehandlung

Surface energy of ABS before and after plasma treatment

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