Polyethylene (PE)

Semi-crystalline thermoplastic

Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer consisting of long chains produced by combining the ingredient monomer ethylene. The ethylene converts to ethane as it takes its place in a polymer, and straight sections of the polymer have the same structure as the simple chain hydrocarbons, e.g. propane, decane, and other straight single-bonded carbon chains.

This is a well-suited modular belt material for very low temperatures and/or high-impact applications. The physical properties depend on the density and molecular weight of the polyethylene type:

  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE) hard polyethylene
  • Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) soft polyethylene
  • High molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) PE500
  • Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) PE1000 - even more wear-resistant than Teflon