Water Absorbent Materials: How to Select the Right Plastic Compound

Feb 17, 2016 9:04:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in plastic, polyethylene, water absorption


Selecting the perfect water absorbent material can be challenging. When considering a water-absorbing polymer material to use for a custom machined part and a specific application, some typical properties to evaluate are

  • Temperature
  • Impact strength, and
  • Wear resistance

Thinking about how much water a plastic component can absorb might not come immediately to mind.

But like many materials, plastics can absorb water — although they aren't the best water-absorbing material.

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