Thermoplastic Polyurethane is also called TPU
Thermoplastic polyurethane is also called TPU and is an extremely flexible and durable material. This material is the bridge between rubber and plastic. It therefore has the best properties from both. The composite versatility makes the rubber type widely used in a wide range of industries for many purposes.
The material can be used both as soft technical plastic or as hard rubber. It is often used as a reinforcement of other materials and composites.
Strong and flexible TPU
TPU is strong and flexible. It has a good elasticity and resistance to loads such as wear and oil. Material hardness varies between Shore30A to Shore 100A, making it hugely versatile. The material can be mixed with other substances or various compounds to achieve properties such as fire retardancy, biocompatibility or clarity, or to obtain a specific appearance.
Advantages and disadvantages of TPU
TPU has a very high resistance to wear, oil and tension, and has a high elasticity. However, it requires special production conditions regardless of the method used. At the same time, some properties have short shelf life. That is, some combinations of the material have a shorter shelf life than others. The rubber type becomes dark due to ozone exposure, but has a good resistance to radiation. The staining that occurs under the influence of Ozone can be counteracted by staining the material. It is possible to sterilize the material and it has very good mechanical properties. However, the material costs are slightly higher than other materials.
With its versatile properties, Thermoplastic polyurethane can be used for countless purposes. The most common purposes are:
- Flexible hoses
- Tools for the food industry
- Medical equipment
We are happy to help with the choice of rubber type
The environment, use and design of the rubber net have a great influence on which type of rubber is most suitable. That is why Olet Industrigummi A / S is ready with professional sparring all the way from idea to finished product. So ask away.