The Differences Between Polypropylene and Polyethylene

As 2020 approaches, you may be thinking about expanding your knowledge of pipes and their differences. We’ve discussed polyethylene pipe, but there may be ambiguity among those who are just beginning with the many benefits of HDPE. There is also polypropylene, a word that still has its distinct characteristics, yet sounds very close to polyethylene.

Polypropylene is, in fact, a type of plastic, similar to polyethylene. Unlike polyethylene, however, after it has reached a certain temperature, polypropylene can mold. This will once again become solid after the material has cooled down. Therefore, it can be used as a type of plastic or it can be used as a fabric. It also has a significantly higher melting pot than polyethylene and is known for its good stability. For starters, this plastic can be opened and closed several times without a problem when used as a hinge.

Polyethylene and polypropylene have many similarities in terms of physical properties. However, as mentioned above, for example, the former is better able to withstand certain conditions, such as the cold. Often suitable for use as an electrical insulator is polyethylene.

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