UHMWPE: Lightweight & Abrasion Resistant

Key Features of UHMWPE:

  • Excellent strength to weight ratio
  • High abrasion resistance
  • Low specific gravity
  • UV stable
  • Chemically inert except for strong oxidizing acids
  • Resistant to fatigue & internal friction


History
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) was first polymerized in the 1950’s.  The first Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers were commercialized in the late 1970’s.  

Composition
Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a type of polyolefin that is composed of very long chains of polyethylene with a very high % of parallel orientation and high level of crystallinity. 

The extremely long polymer chains enable load transfer by strengthening intermolecular interactions.  UHMWPE fibers are manufactured in a gel spinning process.  


FIBER-LINE® Enhancing Processes for UHMWPE:


FIBER-LINE® UHMWPE
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Manufacturers
DSM™
Honeywell™
Other suppliers

Common Types & Deniers
Spectra: S900, S1000
Dyneema: SK62, SK65, SK75
Deniers: 50 - 5400