Are You Aware About Low Density Polyethylene?
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) was used during the World War II period, as a high frequency cable for radar equipment. This is a kind of thermoplastic material which is available in the market at various levels of flexibility. Based on different production process its flexibility can be easily changed.
This type of material is useful where you need any low-cost moisture resistant material like for gallon cubitainer & plastic packaging application.
LDPE material can also provide resistance to any kind of impact and will not break so easily. If you need any water proofing material, then this is the right material to choose due to its moisture resistant property. Besides that, it can also resist against many kinds of hazardous chemical materials too.
LDPE materials are used for many of our daily use purposes. In case you want to carry any thing then you can use any bag made out of this material and therefore you can find its very common use as shopping bags. Your kids can also take their lunch or any non-refrigerated drinks etc.
Advantages of LDPE materials
Following are few advantages of application of this kind of material:
- Available as a food grades material
- Offers very good chemical resistance and therefore can be used as a protection against harmful chemicals
- Low cost
- Moisture resistance property
- Impact resistant from -40 ᵒC to 90ᵒ C
- It can be quite readily processed by all types of thermoplastic methods
- This material can be recycled
Few limitations of LDPE material
There are few limitations too about this material which are as follows:
- It offers very poor resistance against weathering
- Difficult to bond
- Flammable and hence it cannot be used where any fire nearby
- Also, it has got poor temperature capability
- Subject to stress cracking
- High thermal expansion
Various applications of LDPE materials
There are many different applications of such materials. You can find bottles, toys, films, utensils, pipe and processing equipment and also as a insulation material for wires and cables.
Nowadays because of its recycling property the applications of this material is growing further. Following are few products where recycled LDPE materials are used.
- Compost bins
- Floor tile
- Garbage can liners
- Landscape timber
- Outdoor lumber
- Shipping envelopes
- Trash cans
You can certainly reduce the load on our environment by using recycled LDPE material. Therefore, LDPE will continue to be more used for many other new applications where less waste of energy is needed so that it can contribute in reducing global warming.