Saran film

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[Dow Chemical] A trademark thermoplastic film copolymer of vinylidene chloride and small amounts of vinyl chloride or acrylonitrile. Polyvinylidene, or PVDC, was discovered by accident in 1933, by Ralph Wiley a college student working at Dow. The name Saran was trademarked by Dow Chemical in 1940, but is now a commonly used name for thin polyvinylidene chloride films and fibers. Saran has very low water permeability and is very inert. It has good chemical resistance to acids and alkalis and does not lose strength in sunlight. Saran plastic is used for fibers, packaging films and acid-resistant pipes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Saran Wrap [Dow Chemical]




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Other Properties

Resistant to acids, alkalis. May be damaged by ketone, carbon tetrachloride, ethanol, perchloroethylene Resistant to insects and bacteria.

For 1 mil film: Oxygen transmission = 12-16 ml/m2d; Water vapor transmission = 3.8 g/m2d

Melting Point 160-177
Density 1.17

Hazards and Safety


Additional Information

° Dow Chemical: Website ° The History of Saran Wrap: Website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 850
  • Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002

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