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10 facts about Cross-linked Polyethylene
- Cross-linked polyethylene has excellent low temperature impact and environmental stress-crack resistance.
- It is a themoset plastic.
- Cross-Linked Polyethylene is not able to be welded.
- Cross-linked polyethylene does not have USDA or FDA compliance for storage of processing edibles.
- XLPE is the abbreviation for Cross-Linked Polyethylene.
- It is not recyclable like other polyethylene.
- A gel test is done to determine amount of cross-linking. A gel test uses a solvent to determine the percentage to which the tank has cross-linked. To meet ASTM requirements a minimum gel of 60% is required. Side note, Assmann XLPE tanks usually fall within the high 70% to low 80% gel.
- XLPE can be used for holding sulfuric acid at concentrations from 80% - 95% as long as the tank can hold up to a 2.2 specific gravity and other temperature guidelines are followed.
- XLPE tanks will hold up better then HDPE or MDPE tanks for Sodium Hypochlorite.
- XLPE will withstand temperatures up to 150°F.
Title: 10 facts about Cross-linked Polyethylene
Description: Information you may not have known about XLPE.
Last Edited: 12/6/2018
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