Polyurethane (PU)

Rigid polyurethane (PU) delivers a broad range of chemical resistance along with superior impact strength.

Regulatory: NSF


Rigid polyurethane (PU) delivers a broad range of chemical resistance along with superior impact strength. Polyurethane combines the structural and impact characteristics of amorphous materials like polycarbonate, yet offers the excellent chemical resistance of semi-crystalline materials. Polymershapes offers polyurethane sheet, rod and tube in a variety of colors and sizes.

Polyurethane provides excellent light transmission, good temperature resistance, and is easily machined while retaining superior dimensional stability. When the translucent grade is polished, it provides excellent clarity. Polyurethane is a good candidate for metal, glass, or ceramic replacement, and can also be used in applications where polycarbonate, nylon or acetal are being considered.

Polyurethane sheet is commonly used as a liner in a variety of handling or conveying applications for bulk materials including grain, sand and gravel, crushed stone, coal, metals, salt and more. It offers excellent abrasion resistance, noise and vibration abatement, product cushioning, and insulation. It is often an ideal replacement for OEM equipment originally shipped with rubber or other material that breaks down with wear.
Polymershapes can meet all your needs for rigid polyurethane sheet, rod and tube. We can cut to the size you specify, so you receive the right the amount of material for your projects.

If you need additional value-added services, look no further than Polymershapes. We offer a variety of capabilities at our local facilities and in conveniently located centers that deliver state of the art conversion and fabrication, staffed by experienced teams eager to provide you best-in-class customer service and convenience.

Your local Polymershapes team stands ready to help you meet your needs for polyurethane. Or let us help you select from scores of other industry-leading materials in our vast inventory of plastics and associated products — Contact your local Polymershapes facility today for more information!

Features & Benefits

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Superior impact strength
  • Excellent mechanical properties
  • Opaque and translucent grades available


  • Automotive
  • Bearings and Bushings
  • Building & Construction
  • Bus and Rail
  • Chemical Processing
  • Die Cutters
  • Gaskets and Seals
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Machine Shops
  • Milling and Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Packaging and Conveying Equipment
  • Playground Equipment
  • Recreational Vehicles

Physical Properties

Rigid Polyurethane
Tensile strength @ break @ 73°FpsiD6382,440 – 9,000
Flexural modulus @ 73°FpsiD7905,500 – 390,000
Izod impact (notched)ft-lbs/in of notchD2560.18 – 1.8
Deflection Temperature Under Load  @ 264 psi°FD648115 – 204
Compressive StrengthpsiD695180 – 10,400
Water absorption @ 73°F –  24 hours%D5700.030 – 0.46
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE)(in/in°F)D6962.25E-5 to 2.1E-4

*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:Natural, Black, Red, Green, White, Yellow, Blue
Grades:40-95 Durometer

Standard Sizes

SheetDimensions: 12″ x 12″, 12″ x 24″, 24″ x 24″, 48″ x 48″
Thickness: 0.030′ – 8″”
RodDiameter: 0.250″ – 16″
Length: 36″
TubeOutside Diameter: 0.125″ – 7″ (Flexible and Rigid)
Length:  100′ (Flexible)

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