Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylene (PE) is a lightweight, durable thermoplastic with a variable crystalline structure. One of the most widely produced plastics in the world, it can be found in bottles, bags, tubes, and toys. Ultra high molecular-weight polyethylene, commonly referred to as “UHMWPE” is a subset of PE with properties that are exceptionally well-suited to sealing applications. UHMWPE has a high modulus and a coefficient of friction comparable to that of PTFE, but with better abrasion resistance. It exhibits extremely low moisture absorption, and is highly resistant to many corrosive chemicals.

Key Properties of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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Bal Seal® UHMWPE Material Performance

Our PE sealing materials for rotary, reciprocating, and static applications are formulated to provide optimal performance and service life in your designs. Our offering ranges from virgin UHMWPE to precision blends that leverage the additive properties of fillers to meet specific temperature pressure, speed and wear requirements. UHMWPE sealing materials are available to meet USP Class VI and FDA compliance or compatibility requirements.

Temperature Resistance
(° fahrenheit)

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Media Compatibility

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(µ at ambient temperature)

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Tensile Strength
(psi at break)

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UHMWPE Seal Applications

UHMWPE Technical Resources

Filled UHMW Polyethylene

UP30 Material Data Sheet

UHMW Polyethylene

UPC10 Material Data Sheet

Filled UHMW Polyethylene

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