TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are a combination of polymers (usually a plastic and a rubber) which consist of both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties resulting in a product that is extremely easy to use in manufacturing a variety of products. TPEs require little or no compounding and no need to add reinforcing agents, stabilizers or cure systems.

Applications: Automotive Fluid Delivery Systems, Household appliances, Sporting goods, Electrical and Medical components.

Advantage

 

Low compression and tension set
Easily processed
Fatigue resistance
Good tear strength

Disadvantage

 

Flammable but flame retardant grades available
Extensive heat aging causes severe change in mechanical properties
High cost

Tensile StrengthFlexural ModulusImpact StrengthMax Temp.Chemical Resistance
1,000-7,000 psi5,000-800,000 psi2.5-no break ft-lb/in notched izod200°-300° FFair to Good