What is TPE?
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are a polymer material with the characteristics of thermoset vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic. TPEs display high elasticity of thermoset vulcanized rubber at room temperature and good processability at high temperatures.
A thermoplastic elastomer must fulfill the following three essential characteristics:
- The ability to be stretched to moderate elongations and, upon the removal of stress, return to something close to its original shape
- Melt Processable
- Absence of significant creep
Due to its rubber-like properties, TPE has replaced rubber significantly in several applications. You’ll find TPE in applications like:
What is TPU?
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a melt-processable thermoplastic elastomer with high durability and flexibility. TPU is one subset of TPE. You’ll find TPU in a number of applications across many uses and industries like automotive, agriculture, TPU sheets, seals & gaskets, textile coatings, sports & leisure, belts and profiles, tubes & hoses.
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