April 11, 2022
A Quick Guide to Thermoplastic Elastomers
Thermoplastic elastomers are copolymers that are created to combine
the advantages of plastics with the performance of elastomers.
These copolymers are made up of hard plastic
and soft elastomeric molecular regions, each one contributing
key characteristics to the final material.
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Thermoplastic elastomers are a favorite of the automotive, appliance, and aerospace industries. A few examples of products they’re used in are:
Thermoplastic elastomers offer significantly increased production speeds and the ability to reuse clean scrap without a loss in physical properties compared to traditional thermosetting materials. This results in the quick production of key products at a reduced cost due to the minimization of scrap loss.
These copolymers are highly customizable, with the following options available:
For example, if the styrene content of a given thermoplastic is increased using polystyrene elastomer block copolymers, it will become a much stronger elastomer.
The physical properties of thermoplastic elastomers greatly depend on the properties of the plastic and elastomeric parts of the copolymer. These properties can have a major impact on how a thermoplastic will perform under different temperature conditions. At lower temperatures, the elastomer may become brittle, or become soft at higher temperatures, both of which may increase the likelihood of leaks occurring. Additionally, thermoplastics have higher compression set values, especially at elevated temperatures.
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