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UHMWP (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene)

UHMW or UHMW PE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) is extremely durable and has high impact resistance. It’s corrosion-resistant and doesn’t absorb much water. Aside from that, it’s also abrasion resistant, nonsticky, and self-lubricating.

Many industrial applications demand sturdiness, minimal friction, and corrosion resilience. Polyethylene’s flexibility makes Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW PE Material) is a desirable engineering plastics. Aside from being a superior option to other forms of engineering plastics.

UPHMW plastic offers several advantages that make it a suitable choice for both commercial and industrial applications a like. It’s a substance that most firms and manufacturers aren’t familiar with, therefore Engineering Plastic Materials goes unnoticed.

Because to its high molecular weight and surface, UHMW and UHMW PE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) has unique characteristics. As a result, UHMW properties will neither melt or convert into a molten liquid, making it excellent for high-temperature locations.

PE UHMW might be the right solution for you if you’re looking for a new abrasion-resistant polyethylene uses of plastics or one that will stand the test of time. As a result, it is a Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene PE UHMW sheets are used in a wide range of applications.

UHMW IS WIDELY USED FOR:

  • Chute, hopper, and truck bed liners
  • Wear strips and guide rails
  • Star wheels and idler sprockets
  • High speed conveyors
  • Packaging machinery parts
  • Food processing machinery parts
  • Bumpers, pile guards, and dock fenders

PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Extremely tough and durable
  • Low friction
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Easy to fabricate

COMMON BRANDS:

  • Polystone® M
  • Tivar®
  • GUR®

STANDARD SIZES

SHEET Dimensions:
12 in x 12 in – 60 in x 120 in
Thickness:
0.062 in – 7 in
POLYSTONE® MEGASHEET Dimensions:
96 in x 240 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 10 in

OPTIONS AVAILABLE

COLOR Sheet:
White (Natural), Black, Green, Lime Green, Grey, Blue, Dark BlueRod:
White (Natural), Black
GRADES Virgin, Reprocessed, Anti-Static, Oil-Filled, Glass-Filled, Enhanced Bearing and Wear, FDA Compliant, Metal and X-ray Detectable

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request. Also available as a tape.

UHMW Properties and Material Options

UHMW Liners– UHMW sheet is often used for lining chutes and hoppers to protect metal surfaces and to keep solid materials like sand, wood chips, or coal moving smoothly.
UHMW Parts– Easy to fabricate, UHMW is also used for packaging, conveyor, and food processing machinery parts including star wheels, idler sprockets, and under-chain wear strips.

UHMW Wood Replacement– UHMW offers very low moisture absorption and is a popular choice for marine construction applications like dock fender pads, pile guards, and anti-skid walkways. UHMW does not corrode, rot, or splinter like wood.

X-ray Detectable UHMW– Polystone® M XDT is an FDA compliant detectable UHMW designed to be visible to x-ray inspection technology. It has excellent impact and wear resistance, and low sliding properties for food and beverage processing.

UHMW Grades– Several grades of UHMW are available, including reprocessed, enhanced bearing and wear, and FDA compliant.

Tech Tip– Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene has a relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion. This may make it difficult to hold tight tolerances on UHMW parts that will be exposed to changing temperatures.

TYPICAL PROPERTIES OF UHMW MATERIALS

UNITS ASTM TEST UHMW-PE
Tensile strength psi D638 3,100
Flexural modulus psi D790 110,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 18.0*
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi °F D648
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F 180
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D570 slight
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion in/in/°Fx10-5 D696 11.1

Please ask your Petron Thermoplast representative for more specific information about an individual brand. *Double-15° notch

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