LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

Polyethylene is a widely used, inexpensive, thermoplastic. It has good inherent lubricity, and is easy to process. Polyethylene has good to excellent chemical resistance. It is also soft and cannot be used in temperatures much above 150. As a family, they are light in weight and possess toughness, chemical resistance, impermeability as well as excellent electrical insulating properties. Low density polyethylene is the softest and most flexible version of this material. It has high elongation giving it excellent impact strength. This is offset by its permanent deformation upon impact.

Applications: Consumer products, houseware items, electronic wire/cable insulators and medical products

Advantage

 

Low cost
Impact resistance from -40° to 194° F
Moisture resistance
Food grades available

Disadvantage

 

Poor weather resistance
High thermal expansion
Subject to stress cracking
Difficult to bond
Flammable
Poor temperature capability

Tensile StrengthFlexural ModulusImpact StrengthMax Temp.Chemical Resistance
1,200-4,000 psi35,000-48,000 psiNo break ft-lb/in notched izod130°-150° FGood to Great