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TPE Materials (Thermoplastic Elastomer)

Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) sheet that is fatigue resistant, flexible, opaque, and lightweight. TPE is a fatigue-resistant sheet made of a rubber and polypropylene blend. TPE is more heat resistant than polypropylene because of its rubber component, thus it must be heated to a higher temperature for thermoforming.

To avoid warping and distortion, consistent cooling is essential after formation. TPE is more flexible than polypropylene or co-polymer, but it is stiffer than LDPE. AFOs, spinal orthoses, scoliosis jackets, and body jackets are all made of TPE Materials. It should be kept in a cool, dry place in a polyethylene bag or with the polyethylene masking still attached.

TPE IS WIDELY USED FOR:

  • AFOs
  • Spinal orthoses
  • Scoliosis jackets
  • Body jackets

PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Lightweight
  • Opaque
  • Flexible
  • Fatigue resistant

COMMON BRANDS:

  • TPE
  • Santoprene™

STANDARD SIZES

SHEET Dimensions:
24 in x 48 in – 32 in x 48 in
Thickness:
0.125 in – 0.187 in
SHEET Dimensions:
24 in x 48 in – 48 in x 96 in
Thickness:
0.0312 in – 0.250 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 14 in

OPTIONS AVAILABLE

COLOR White
TEXTURE, SURFACE,
PATTERN
Light Texture / Smooth

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes available upon request.

TYPICAL PROPERTIES OF TPE

PHYSICAL TEST METHOD TYPICAL VALUE
Specific gravity ASTM D792 0.950
Shore hardness
Shore D, 15 sec, 73°F (23°C), 0.0787 in (2.00mm)
ISO 868 51
Tensile strength at yield – across
Flow (73°F (23°C))
ASTM D638 1740 psi
Elongation at yield- across
Flow (73°F (23°C))
ASTM D638 31%
Brittleness temperature ASTM D746 -18°F

Please ask your Petron Thermoplast representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

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