A thermoplastic polymer combines the qualities of a thermoplastic with that of rubber based materials. Rubber is usually classed as a thermoset plastic. This class of thermoplastic polymers or TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) combines the quality of a thermoplastic with that of a rubber.
These particular thermoplastic polymers, TPE’s, use TPO (thermoplastic olefins) in combination with PVC. The polymer is blended with a filler and an elastomer (rubber). The resulting material combines the characteristics and qualities of these different materials.
Advantages of using TEP polymers.
There is a whole range of different methods for processing thermoplastic polymers. These include extrusion and injection molding. Thermo-forming, heat welding, and blow molding can also be used.
Injection molding can be undertaken at speed and is a very economical process. Dyes for coloring can easily be added. Compounding is not a complex process either. There are less complicated processes involved when TEP polymers are used. This results in much greater consistency using industrial production, in both the final product and the material used to make the product. See S&E Specialty Polymers.
Uses of thermoplastic polymers.
There is a wide range of applications for these specific thermoplastic polymers. They are very flexible. These polymers are suited for low-temperature applications. The PVC also provides good oil resistance and can be flame retardant.
Specific compounds can be targeted to meet specific commercial and industrial needs. Therefore, thermoplastic polymers suppliers can look into and analyze any specific requests for the creation of new tailored compounds.
Low Temperatures and Engineering.
This material has a low brittle point. The brittle point range is between -50c to -53c. This makes this material ideal for wire and cable applications in low temperatures. Material flexibility is important if these thermoplastic polymers are used in Wind Turbines. TPEs can be used in snowmobile tracks. Here abrasion resistance and stiffness are very important. This is combined with the materials’ ability to be used at low temperatures. In robotics, these compounds work well because of the materials’ flexibility and resistance to oil.
In the footwear industry, compounds are developed using Nitrile and PVC. Again, there is flexibility, along with a resistance to oil, abrasion, and slippage. This is especially the case with sports shoes, trainers, sneakers etc.
General applications of TEP polymers.
These thermoplastic polymers materials offer an expanding range of new possibilities. A number of these could be well worth considering. Innovative combinations are possible using thermoplastic polymers compounding.
Other general areas include the use of TEP polymers in the production of catheters. Here, copolymers and nylon are used. This produces a soft material which is ideal for medical uses. Along with medical applications, there is the use of TEP polymers in sex toys.
Automobiles are another major area where TEPs are now being extensively used. Their properties give them an advantage over other polymers. One particular example is the use of the suspension brush, where this is used in a vehicles suspension systems.
TEP is increasingly being applied in electronic cable jack and wiring applications, as an ideal insulating material.
Flame retardant plastics and zero halogens are also particular specialisms. The range of applications also extends to packaging batteries, and general consumer and industrial applications. There are potentially many more possibilities that can be explored. Find out more at http://www.sespoly.com/products/tpe-thermoplastic-elastomers/.