Polyethylene is one of the most diverse thermoplastic materials available. The density of polyethylene determines its physical properties: the higher the density, the stiffer the material. High density yields a higher softening point, with higher tensile and creep resistance. Unfortunately, the reverse effect is true and higher density properties result in a lower impact strength, elongation and flexibility.
Common applications include:
• Small tubing to large pipe, including natural gas, sewer pipe and drainage lines
• Coatings for wire and cable
• Large applications such as fuel tanks and containers
Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is puncture and tear-resistant and is frequently used for films and bags due to its low crystallinity. It can also be found in coatings to help with heat sealability and moisture barriers.