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PlasticsPolyethylene (PE)


Polyethylene (PE) is a thermoplastic and belongs to the group of polyolefins.


Polyethylene was developed in 1898 by the chemist Hans von Pechmann and was first produced industrially on March 27, 1933 under a pressure of approximately 1400 bar and 170°C. It was not until 1940 that an economically viable production process was developed.

Structure and properties:

Polyethylene is produced by polymerization of ethylene.

  • Very easy to machine
  • Low density
  • High specific radiation absorption capacity against particle radiation
  • High toughness and elongation at break
  • Good gliding properties
  • Very good electrical and dielectric behavior
  • Very low water absorption
  • Resistant to many polar solvents

Areas of application:

pump wheels, gears, sliding bushes, implants, gas and drinking water supply

Semi finished products and material properties:

  • Plates
  • Rods
  • Tubes
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