Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene), also known as a polyolefin material, is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic material, with a continuous use temperature range of up to 200° F (93° C). It is categorized as a standard material, and offers strong chemical resistance, high flexibility, and low moisture absorption.

Regulatory: FDA, UL-94 Flame Class, USDA

Description

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene), also known as a polyolefin material, is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic material, with a continuous use temperature range of up to 200° F (93° C). It is categorized as a standard material, and offers strong chemical resistance, high flexibility, and low moisture absorption.

LDPE is a water-resistant, cost-efficient, long-lasting, and 100% recyclable multi-purpose material used for a variety of commercial and residential applications. Compared to high-density polyethylene, LDPE is more flexible and lighter in weight, making it an ideal solution for applications that are vacuum- or drape-formed. It exhibits excellent impact resistance, as well as chemical resistance, making it suitable for work surfaces requiring corrosion resistance. Light-transmission options range from translucent to opaque. LDPE is the material of choice in laboratory dispensing and wash bottles due to its excellent flexibility and the fact that it is virtually unbreakable. LDPE is also commonly used for die pads, hinges, impact pads, and orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Polymershapes can meet your LDPE needs with sheet, rod and tube, in standard and custom sizes, from leading-edge suppliers including Quadrant Engineering Plastics. And we are your “one-stop shop” for additional value-added services that can help you stand out versus your competition, with a variety of conversion and fabrication services at our local facilities and in conveniently located centers featuring state of the art facilities. Our experienced teams are eager to exceed your expectations with best-in-class customer service and convenience.

Polymershapes looks forward to helping you meet your LDPE needs. Or choose from our vast range of other plastic materials and associated products from our broad and deep inventory — Contact your local Polymershapes facility today for more information!

Features & Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Good impact resistance
  • Extremely flexible
  • Good chemical and corrosion resistance
  • Durable
  • 100% recyclable
  • Thermoformable
  • Virtually no moisture absorption

Applications

  • Building & Construction
  • Die Cutters
  • Machine Shops
  • Orthotics
  • Tank Construction

Physical Properties

UNITS ASTM TEST
Tensile strength @ break @ 73°F psi D638  683 – 2,710
Flexural modulus @ 73°F psi D790  14,800 – 50,300
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256  6.6 – 8.2
Deflection Temperature Under Load  @ 66 psi °F D648  103 – 203
Water absorption @ 73°F –  24 hours % D570  <0.01

*Technical Data is provided courtesy of UL Prospector (www.ulprospector.com) and IAPD (www.IAPD.org).

Data is to be considered representative and is provided for guidance only. All product performance must be verified by the user under actual application conditions.

Product Options

Color: Sheet and Rod: Natural, Black
Tube: Natural, Black
Surface texture: Smooth, pebbled
Grades: General purpose, Cutting board

Standard Sizes

Sheet Dimensions: 12″ x 12″ to 48″ x 96″
Thickness: 0.060″ – 1″
Rod Diameter: 0.125″ – 10″
Tube Outside Diameter: 3″ – 9.5″

*The sizes above are standard stocking sizes. Other custom sizes are available upon request. Please contact your local branch for information and a quote.

Suppliers / Brands

Suppliers Brands
 
 Ensinger
 Polymer Industries
 Rochling