Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a subset of the thermoplastic polyethylene. Also known as high-modulus polyethylene, (HMPE), or high-performance polyethylene (HPPE), it has extremely long chains, with a molecular mass usually between 2 and 6 million u. The longer chain serves to transfer load more effectively to the polymer backbone by strengthening intermolecular interactions.
- Highly resistant to corrosive chemicals
- highly resistant to abrasion
- High strength
Temp Range: −150°C to 136°C
Widely used in ballistic protection, defense applications, and increasingly in medical devices.