The density of UHMW-PE can range from 0.93 to 0.97 g/cm3 and is relatively low compared to other thermoplastics. It can withstand temperatures up to 120°C for short periods, and 80°C continuously (up to 110°C continuous for special high temperature grades).

This category of thermoplastic is characterised by:

  • Excellent resistance to alternating strain
  • Very good resistance to wear and abrasion
  • Self-lubricated
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Excellent impact resistance, even at low temperatures (-40°C)
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Good resistance to high-energy radiation
  • Electrically insulating.