This glass/epoxy laminate offers a superior strength/size ratio in addition to its self-extinguishing properties. In addition to its high mechanical strength, it exhibits good dielectric loss and electrical strength under a range of dry and humid conditions. The flame resistance is Class I in accordance with NEMA test method 7.11. Read our G-10 Guide.
A History of G-10 and FR-4
G-10 is a thermosetting industrial laminated plastic consisting of a woven glass cloth material and an epoxy resin matrix. First introduced in the 1950’s, G-10 was the original glass of epoxy laminate used in printed circuitry. The high strength, excellent electrical properties, and chemical resistance of G-10 make for a very versatile material that is now being used in a wide variety of applications.
Today most of what is called G-10 is actually FR-4, the flame retardant version of G-10. This explains why you will also see the material designated G-10FR. This means FR-4. The material FR-4 can usually be used where G-10 is called out, however, G-10 should not be used where FR-4 is specified.