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Thermoplastic Elastomer

This technology brief features various key facts about thermoplastic elastomer/ TPE. They combine the properties of a thermoplastic as well as an elastomer. This technology brief will apprise you with TPE strengths & limitations, processing guidelines, key features and applications.

Thermoplastic Elastomer

  • Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) are a combination of polymers that offer both thermoplastic as well as elastomeric properties.
  • The most significant property of TPE is its elasticity.
  • Thermoplastic elastomer have a very low glass transition temperature, but a very high melting temperature.
  • TPE are durable, offer easy handling, and processability.
  • Thermoplastic elastomer display good UV, chemical and weather resistance.
  • TPE also offer a very broad service temperature.
  • They have an exceptional resistance to oils and greases.
  • Their rubber like properties have enabled them to replace rubber significantly in the automotive applications.
  • Other areas where TPE are extensively used are seals, building & construction, medical, footwear, etc.

Thermoplastic Elastomer Strengths and limitations

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