HDPE

HDPE is Widely Used For:

  • Chemical tanks
  • Cutting boards for food preparation
  • Water pipe flanges (HDPE pipe grade)
  • Outdoor and indoor playground systems
  • Marine construction (pile guards, bumpers,
    anti-skid surfaces)
  • Orthotics and prosthetics – AFOs, KAFOs
  • Light duty tank, chute and bin linings
  • Outdoor cabinetry and furniture

Performance Characteristics:

  • Easy to weld using thermoplastic welding equipment
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Excellent surface for food preparation
  • Good chemical and corrosion resistance
  • Easy to fabricate and machine
  • Low weight

Common Brands:

  • Polystone® G
  • Sanatec®
  • Orthoform®


HDPE

Durable, versatile, low cost, abrasion and chemically resistant plastic material

HDPE (high density polyethylene) is available in sheet and rod for applications that require greater strength and stiffness than LDPE (low density polyethylene). It is easy to fabricate and weld using thermoplastic welding equipment and is an excellent choice for fabricated water tanks and chemical tanks.  

HDPE is also available in a variety of additional grades for applications including FDA compliant for cutting boards, UV stabilized and woodgrain textured for outdoor environments, orthotic and prosthetic for addition support, and antimicrobial for medical facilities. These materials are easy to fabricate using standard machining methods and common woodworking tools.

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STANDARD SIZES
INDUSTRIAL SHEET Dimensions:
48 in x 96 in – 60 in x 120 in
Thickness:
0.062 in – 4 in
O&P SHEET Dimensions:
24 in x 48 in – 48 in x 96 in
Thickness:
0.0312 in – 0.250 in
ROD Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 14 in
OPTIONS AVAILABLE
COLOR Industrial:
Natural, Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Beige, Blue, Polar White, Mercury Gray, Seafoam, Sand Shade, Whitewash, Teak, Weatherwood, Dark Ash, Mahogany, Sanshade, Dolphin Gray, White/White

O&P:
Natural
TEXTURE, SURFACE, PATTERN Matte/Matte, Smooth, Woodgrain
GRADES FDA Compliant, UV Resistant, Cutting Board, Marineboard, Playground Board, Pipe Grade

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request.
 

HDPE Properties and Material Options

HDPE MATERIAL OPTIONS

Cutting board grade HDPE – meets FDA requirements for direct and indirect food contact, is resistant to hot water, and cleaning chemicals, and will not absorb moisture, bacteria or odors.

UV stabilized grade HDPE – performs well in environments where water, UV exposure, and other harsh elements are present, making it a popular choice for playgrounds, outdoor cabinetry, and marine construction.

HDPE for O&P – is somewhat stiffer and tougher than polypro (homopolymer polypropylene) and often used for applications where additional durability and support are required.

Antimicrobial grade HDPE – protects the product surface against stain and odor causing bacteria, algae and fungi. The antimicrobial agent is bonded at the molecular level so it retains its effectiveness throughout the life of the product, unlike surface coatings. Like other HDPE material, it machines well with traditional woodworking tools and its durability makes it a good choice for cabinetry, medical facilities, hospitals, medical carts, nursing homes, locker rooms, and more.

TimberLine™ Woodgrain HDPE – has authentic woodgrain color and texture and is virtually maintenance-free. Material can be fabricated using standard woodworking tools and has the flexibility to be heated and shaped for custom projects. Unique variegated color sheet to sheet. Will not delaminate, chip, rot or swell. Ideal for outdoor furniture, cabinetry and storage, building and construction elements, and playground systems.

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Typical properties of HDPE
  UNITS ASTM TEST HDPE
Tensile strength psi D638 4,000
Flexural modulus psi D790 200,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 1.3
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi °F D648 172
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F   -
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D570 0.10
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion in/in/°Fx10-5 D696 7.0

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

EXPLORE POPULAR PLASTIC MATERIAL COMPARISONS:

  • HDPE vs. UHMW — Both are abrasion resistant, but which is right for your specific application?
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