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Plastic & Association Acronyms

Plastic Materials

This reference source presents one of the most complete listing of plastic materials (over 110) and associations (over 95) abbreviations and acronyms in the industry. Please contact the editor if any plastic materials or relevant associations need to be added or changed.

Variety of standard plastic tanks

Variety of standard plastic tanks

All generic plastics have acronyms that represent the full name of the polymer. For example, CPVC is the abbreviation for Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride. There are well over 100 listed acronym definitions.

ABA acrylonitrile butadiene acrylate

ABS acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene

ADC allyl diglycol carbonate

AES acrylonitrile ethylene styrene

ASA acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylic

CA cellulose acetate

CAB cellulose acetate butyrate

Skids of PVC purple pipe for reclaimed water (non-potable)

Skids of PVC purple pipe for reclaimed water (non-potable)

CN cellulose nitrate

CP cellulose propionate

CPE chlorinated polyethylene

CPET crystallized polyethylene terephthalate

CPVC chlorinated polyvinyl chloride

CTFE chlorotrifluorethylene

DAP diallyl phthalate

EC ethyl cellulose

ECTFE ethylenechlorotrifluoroethylene

In-line process PVCO pipe extrusion process

In-line process PVCO pipe extrusion process

EEA ethylene-ethyl acrylate

EMA ethylene-methyl acrylate

EPM ethylene propylene copolymer

EPS expandable polystyrene

ETFE ethylenetetrafluoroethylene

EVA ethylene-vinyl acetate

EVAC ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer

FEP fluorinated ethylenepropylene

FPVC flexible polyvinyl chloride

FRP fiberglass-reinforced plastics

GFR glass fiber reinforced

HDPE high-density polyethylene

HIPS high-impact polystyrene

HMW-HDPE high-molecular-weight high-density polyethylene

LCP liquid crystal polymers

LDPE low-density polyethylene

LLDPE linear low-density polyethylene

LMDPE linear medium density polyethylene

MBS methacrylate-butadiene-styrene

MDI methylene diisocyanate

MDPE medium-density polyethylene

MMA methyl methacrylate

MPPO modified polyethylene oxide

OPET oriented polyethylene terephthalate

OPP oriented polypropylene

OSA olefin-modified styrene-acrylonitrite

PA polyamide

PAI polyamideimide

PAMS poly alpha methylstyrene

PAN polyacrylonitrile

PARA polyarylamide

PAS polyarylsulfone

PB polybutylene

PBT polybutylene terephthalate

PC polycarbonate

PCT polycyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate

PCTFE polychlorotrifluoroethylene

PCU polycarbonate urethane

PDAP poly diallyl phthalate

PFA perfluoroalkoxy

PE polyethylene

PEEK polyetheretherketone

PEI polyetherimide

PEK polyetherketone

PEO biaxially oriented polyethylene

PE-RT Polyethylene Raised Temperature

PES polyethersulfone

PET polyethylene terephthalate

PEX cross-linked polyethylene

PFA perfluoroalkoxy

PFPE polyperfluoropolyether

PI polyimide

PMMA polymethyl methacrylate

PP polypropylene

PPA polyphthalamide

PPFR polypropylene flame retardant

PPO polyphenylene oxide

PPS polyphenylene sulfide

PS polystyrene

PSO polysulfone

PTFE polytetrafluoroethylene

PTMT polytetramethylene terephthalate

PUR polyurethane

PVAL polyvinyl alcohol

PVB polyvinyl butyral

PVC polyvinyl chloride

PVC-O polyvinyl chloride-molecular oriented

PVC-u polyvinyl chloride-unplasticized

PVCA polyvinyl chloride-acetate

PVDC polyvinylidene chloride

PVDF polyvinylidene fluoride

PVF polyvinyl fluoride

RTRP reinforced thermosetting resin pipe

RPVC rigid polyvinyl chloride

RTPU rigid thermoplastic polyurethane

SAN styrene-acrylonitrile

SB styrene-butadiene

SBR styrene-butadiene rubber

SMA styrene-maleic anhydride

SPU segmented polyurethane

ULDPE ultra low density polyethylene

SR styrene rubber

TFE tetrafluoroethylene

TPE thermoplastic elastomer

TPO thermoplastic olefin

UHMWPE ultrahigh-molecular weight polyethylene

UHMW-HDPE ultrahigh-molecular weight high-density polyethylene

VCE polyvinyl chloride-ethylene

VCEMA polyvinyl chloride-ethylene-methyl acrylate

VCMA polyvinyl chloride-methyl acrylate

VCVAC polyvinyl chloride-vinyl acrylate

VCVDC polyvinyl chloride-vinylidene chloride

VCM vinylidene chloride monomer

VDC vinylidene chloride

XLPE cross-linked polyethylene

Association Acronyms

We have also listed for your convenience the acronym definitions for dozens of relevant associations that may be involved in some way with plastic piping systems.

AASHTO American Association of State Highways & Transportation Officials

ACC American Chemical Council

AGA American Gas Association

ANSI American National Standards Institute, inc.

APGA American Public Gas Association

API American Petroleum Institute

APWA American Public Works Association

ASAE American Society of Agriculture Engineers

ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers

ASDWA Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers

ASHVE American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers

ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASNP American Standard National Plumbing

ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers

ASSE American Society of Sanitary Engineers

ASTM ASTM International, formerly American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTPHLD Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors

AWWA American Water Works Association

AWWRF American Water Works Research Foundation

BEES Building for Environmental and Economic Stability

BOCA Building Officials and Code Administration International, Inc.

BNQ Bureau de Normalization du Quebec

BS British Standards Institution

CABO The Council of American Building Officials

CERF Civil Engineering Research Foundation

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CGSB Canadian Government Specifications Board

CPPA Corrugated Plastic Pipe Association

CS Commercial Standard

CSA CSA International, formerly Canadian Standards Association

DIN Deutsches Institut fur Normung

DOD Department of Defense

DOT-OPSO Department of Transportation-Office of Pipeline Safety Operations

DOT-TSI U.S. Department of Transportation-Transportation Safety Institute

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

FDA Federal Drug Administration

FHA Federal Housing Federation

FM Factory Mutual

FS Federal Standards

GPTC Gas Piping Technology Committee

GTI Gas Technology Institute

HSB Hydrostatic Stress Board

HUD Housing and Urban Development

IAPMO International Associations of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

IAPD International Association of Plastic Distribution

ICBO International Conference of Building Officials

ICC International Codes Council

IMC International Mechanical Code

IPC International Plumbing Code

IRC International Residential Code

ISO International Standards Organization

LEED Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design

JIS Japanese Industrial Standard

MCAA Mechanical Contractors Association of America

MIL Department of Defense-Military Standard

MSS Manufacturers Standardization Society of Value and Fittings Industry

NACE National Association of Corrosion Engineers

NAHB National Association of Home Builders

NAPHCC National Association of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors

NASSCO National Association of Sewer Service Companies

NASTT North American Society for Trenchless Technology

NBS National Bureau of Standards

NFGS Naval Guide Specifications

NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers

NFPA National Fire Protection Association

NRWA National Rural Water Association

NSF NSF International, formerly National Sanitary Foundation

NSPC National Standard Plumbing Code

NSPI National Swimming Pool Institute

NTSB National Transportation Safety Board

NUCA National Utility Contractors Association

NWRA National Water Resources Association

NWWA National Well Water Association

PDI Plumbing and Drainage Institute

PHCC National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors

PPFA Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association

PPI Plastic Piping Institute

PS Product Standard

SBCC Southern Building Code Congress

SCA Standards Council of Canada

SCS Soil Conversation Service of U.S. Department of Agriculture

SIA Sprinkler Irrigation Association

SPE The Society of Plastic Engineers

SPI The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.

SRI Southwest Research Institute

UL Underwriters Laboratories, Inc

UMC Uniform Mechanical Code

Uni-Bell Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association

UPC Uniform Plumbing Code

USASI United States of America Standards Institute

USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture

USGBS U.S. Green Building Council

VI Vinyl Institute

VMA Value Manufacturers Association of America

VPS Voluntary Product Standards

WEF Water Environment Federation

WUC Western Underground Committee