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PE Polyethylene - Chemical Resistance

Chemical resistance of Polyethylene - PEH - to common products.

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Polyethylene is a very popular material for pipes. It is

  • easy and light weighted
  • long living
  • low friction
  • relatively cheap
  • flexible
  • sun resistant

and resistant to chemicals.

Polyethylene and Very Good Chemical Resistance

  • Acetatic acid
  • Amonium hydroxide 30%
  • Calcium hydroxide 30%
  • Diethylene glycol
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Ethanol 100%
  • Glycerin
  • Glycol
  • Hydrogen peroxide 30%
  • Mercury
  • Methanol
  • Potassium hydroxide 30%
  • Sodium hydroxide 30%

Polyethylene and Good Chemical Resistance

  • Acetone
  • Formaldehyde 10-40%
  • Gas oil
  • Caproic acid
  • Iodine
  • Isobutanol
  • Isopropanol
  • Mineral oil
  • Motor oil
  • Natural gas
  • Gasoline
  • Phenol
  • Tranformer oil
  • Vaseline

Polyethylene and Medium Chemical Resistance

  • Dibutylether
  • Ethylene acetate 100%
  • Furfurol 100%
  • Heptane
  • Paraffin

Polyethylene and Poor Chemical Resistance

  • Diethylether
  • Ethylenechloride
  • Hydrogen peroxide 90%
  • Methylene chloride

Polyethylene and None Chemical Resistant

  • Acetylene dichloride
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