Polyethylene (PE) is a thermoplastic available as high-density polyethylene or low-density polyethylene. High-density polyethylene, referred to as HDPE, is mainly used in blow molding and has high temperature resistance, oil resistance, steam permeability and environmental stress cracking resistance. PE also offers good electrical insulation, impact resistance and temperature resistance.
Applications: Consumer goods, toys, food containers and closures, automotive parts.
Behavior: To avoid deformation, mold temperature should be controlled to keep the cooling uniform and stable. HDPE has a high crystallization ability, and the temperature of the mold has an impact on the crystallization of the plastic part.
|Density||1.01 – 1.20 g/cc||0.0365 – 0.0434 lb/in³|
|Hardness||68 – 113||68 – 113|
|Tensile Strength (Yield)||13.0 – 65.0 MPa||1890 – 9430 psi|
|Tensile Strength (Ultimate)||22.1 – 49.0 MPa||3210 – 7110 psi|
|Elongation at Yield||0.62 – 30 %||0.62 – 30 %|
|Elongation at Break||3.0 – 150 %||3.0 – 150 %|
|Dielectric Strength||18.0 – 50.0 kV/mm||457 – 1270 kV/in|
|Melt Temperature||180 – 274 °C||356 – 525 °F|
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