Largest Data Source on Degradation of Plastics and Elastomers Now Online

New Chemical Resistance Database catalogues more than 1,100 materials and 5,000 exposure media.

Elsevier’s Chemical Resistance Database (CRD) promises to be the largest source of data detailing the degradation of plastics and elastomers. Released June 8, 2015, the CRD already has more than 183,000 unique records.

Each record is organized by material category with more than 1,100 material upgrades representing 226 families. These consist of neat, reinforced and filled thermoplastics, thermoset resins, rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers.

The CRD has records on resistance data for nearly 5,000 exposure media, including more than 2,800 chemical substances, ranging from water to acetone to sulfuric acid. Also included are details about conditions like weathering, sterilization, aging and environmental stress cracking.

The database covers both commercially available and retired plastics, curated from commercial catalogs, journal articles, technical reports and materials information datasheets.

The CRD is designed to increase efficiency in early material selection stages to reduce component maintenance costs and improve performance. Engineers can select new materials for existing designs or components, develop new materials for new product applications, reformulate existing material grades with new additives and fillers or get a better understanding of how specific plastics for building materials will stand up to harsh environments.

The database is intended to help organizations make faster and more informed decisions in process design and manufacturing settings across specialty chemical, engineering, design and construction industries.

The CRD is designed by Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The database itself is available over the publisher’s online app, Knovel.

“Engineers spend too much time manually tracking down and verifying materials and related information from supplies and other sources,” says Meagan Cooke, Elsevier’s senior director of product management for Knovel, a cloud-based decision-support solution. “This lengthens the design time and hampers an organization’s ability to make fast and well-informed decisions. With the Chemical Resistance Database available via Knovel, engineers will have access to the largest compilation of normalized data on plastics and elastomers in the industry.”

To learn more about the CRD, visit