Also known as olefin, a propylene/ethylene-based synthetic fiber. Features include being hydrophobic, quick-drying, colorfast, and good at heat retention. Subject to shrinkage, oil absorption and sudden meltdown in hot dryers.
Commonly used to make excellent non absorbent underwear (thermal wear). Also used in helmet construction.
Any of various thermoplastic plastics or fibres that are polymers of propylene. Polypropylene can be made into fibres, where it is a major constituent in fabrics for home furnishings such as upholstery and carpets. Numerous industrial end uses include rope and cordage, disposable non-woven fabrics for diapers and medical applications. As a plastic, polypropylene is moulded into bottles for foods and personal care products, appliance housings, dishwasher-proof food containers, toys, automobile battery casings, and outdoor furniture.
Polymerized polypropylene thermoplastic resin used primarily as a coating.
A resin made from propylene gas which produces lightweight, highly transparent, stiff film.
A plastic made by the polymerization of high-purity propylene gas in the presence of an organometallic catalyst at relatively low pressures and temperatures. It is similar to polyethylene but is lighter and offers even better heat resistance, tensile strength, abrasion resistance, and lower dielectric constant. This makes it suitable for thin wall insulation. UL maximum temperature ratings may be 60°C or 80°C. Most UL styles call for 60°C maximum. The dielectric constant is 2.25 for solid and 1.55 for cellular designs.
(PP) Polypropylene homopolymer is a member of the polyolefin family of plastics. Although PP has less physical strength than PVC, it is chemically resistant to organic solvents as well as acids and alkalis. Generally, PP should not be used in contact with strong oxidizing acids, chlorinated hydrocarbons and aromatics. All polyolefins are severely degraded by ultraviolet (UV) radiation unless UV stabilization is included in the material formulation, usually in the form of 2 1/2% carbon black.
Synthetic fiber with excellent wicking and warmth. It retains very little water.
(See " Olefin fiber .")
due to its exceptional shock resistance properties, polypropylene is a plastic material used in a wide range of industries including automobile parts, household goods, fibers and films.
A man-made fiber that is lightweight, durable, and abrasion resistant. Often used in activewear apparel, rope, indoor-outdoor carpets, lawn furniture, and upholstery.
Synthetic fiber that is used primarily as a cable filler. When used in this application, it is usually sold in a fibrillated film form. The material can be fire retardant treated.
A synthetic fiber that is colorfast, mold and mildew resistant. It is particularly suited for rugs as it wears beautifully, and is easily cleaned.
Similar to polyethylene but stronger and having a higher temperature resistance. Various thermoplastics are polymers of propylene; this material has excellent clarity. Also used in various thicknesses to print labels, as well as backing or liner materials.
Plastic material used to manufacture plastic pallets
A type of polymer that has a good balance between stiffness and low weight, making it ideal for use as a speaker cone. The fact that it's impervious to water makes it perfect for car applications.
A type of plastic pipe from the polyolefin family. (abbrev. PP)
Polymers and Associated Materials Polymer of propylene, having the main chain repeating unitCH-(CH3)-CH2.
A member of the polyolefin family, it is a very lightweight which is highly crystalline and thus very strong and hard. It also has excellent heat and chemical resistance properties.
A plastic polymer of propylene, similar to polythene but stronger; as a plastic sheet it is softer than polyesters such as Mylar. In a conservation context, it is used commonly to make sleeves for slides, linings for photographic storage boxes, protective transparent covers for book dust jackets, and Copysafe storage sleeves. See also Polyester; Mylar, Mylar D.
Synthetic thermoplastic polymer used for molded items, sheets, films, and fibers. FTC (U.S. Government) classification is Olefin. The polymer is made by stereospecific polymerization of propylene. Most Polypropylene carpet fiber is solution dyed and sometimes contains ultraviolet stabilizers for outdoor use. Printable modifications are available but not extensively used. The carpet fiber is available as both bulked continuous filament yarns and staple for spun yarn production.
(extruded and case) – A chemically stable, highly flexible, transparent, or translucent plastic with a low melting point. Used in preservation to make sleeves for photographic materials, when made with no surface coatings or additives.
Polypropylene or Olefin fibers are petroleum-based synthetic materials derived from propylene and ethylene gases. The fiber is characterized by its resistance to moisture. It is often heat-set to guarantee vibrant color, long lasting beauty and easy maintenance. It is quick drying and mildew, soil and stain resistant. Its fibers have the lowest density of all manufactured fibers giving olefin textiles a very lightweight quality.
A tough, ridgid, light-weight plastic.
A cousin of polyethylene with generally similar properties but stronger and having a higher temperature resistance.
A clear, pliable, chemically stable plastic used in manufacturing of photographic sleeves. Polyvinyl acetate (PVA): A plastic with properties that cause photographs and documents to deteriorate and fade. Note: The pH-neutral glue called "PVA" which is commonly used for book binding and box making, is not suitable for use with photographs.
A stiff, heat-resistant, chemically stable plastic. Common uses include storage enclosures.
Basic plastic derived from propylene used in manufacturing products including fibers, films and automotive parts.
A thermoplastic plastic or fiber that is a polymer of propylene (a gaseous hydrocarbon C3H6 obtained by cracking petroleum hydrocarbons and used chiefly in organic synthesis).
A common polyolefin thermoplastic.
A synthetic fiber used in carpet yarns. Most polypropylene used in carpeting is solution dyed and continuous filament. Also known as olefin.
Plastic-based material resistant to hear, solvents and acids. Used in Australian bank-notes.
A thermoplastic resin used as a fiber reinforcement made by polymerizing propylene. Its density (approximately 0.90) is among the lowest of all plastics. Polypropylenes can be modified to gain improved properties by compounding with fillers, e.g. glass fibers, by blending with synthetic elastomers, and by copolymerizing with small amounts of other monomers. Glass reinforced polypropylene can be processed by injection molding, continuous lamination and rotational molding. Also known as POLYPROPENE.
The synthetic polymer of polypropylene. Polypropylene is commonly referred to as "olefin," but it is actually just one type of olefin. This polymer can be extruded into BCF or staple carpet fiber.
An economical polymer with melting characteristics which enable efficient production. Polypropylene is used in most K-C nonwoven fabrics.
A family of thermoplastic products mainly based on propylene monomers; they generally feature a higher degree of heat resistance and enhanced stiffness compared to polyethylene plastics.
A synthetic thermoplastic material of high molecular weight resulting from polymerization of propylene gas under pressure and heat, plus catalysts.
(also known as polyolefin and Olefin) - A manufactured fiber characterized by its light weight, high strength, and abrasion resistance. Polypropylene is also good at transporting moisture, creating a wicking action. End-uses include active wear apparel, rope, indoor-outdoor carpets, lawn furniture, and upholstery.
A synthetic material often used for thermal underwear
A hard, tough polymer of propylene used as a thermoplastic molding material.
Also known as Olefin. A man-made fiber known for its strength, toughness and high resistance to mechanical abuse and chemical attack.
Tough and durable plastic used for making impact-resisting bumper bars.
A petroleum-based synthetic material which is often heat set to guarantee vibrant color, long lasting beauty, easy maintenance and enduring performance.
Light, durable thermoplastic with a high melting point that is often used in packaging. PP contains polymers consisting of propylene, a colorless, combustible gas found in petroleum.
A man made fiber extracted from petroleum. This fibre is frequently used in machine-made or power loomed area rugs. There are many different techniques to advance the quality of this fiber.
Polypropylene has excellent chemical resistance, is strong and has the lowest density of the plastics used in packaging. It has a high melting point, making it ideal for hot-fill liquids. In film form it may or may not be oriented (stretched). PP is found in everything from flexible and rigid packaging to fibers and large molded parts for automotive and consumer products. (Adapted from Modern Plastics Encyclopedia 1995; Plastic Packaging Opportunities and Challenges, APC, February 1992). Polystyrene (PS): Polystyrene is a very versatile plastic that can be rigid or foamed. General purpose polystyrene is clear, hard and brittle. It has a relatively low melting point. Typical applications include protective packaging, containers, lids, cups, bottles, trays and tumblers. (Plastic Packaging Opportunities and Challenges, APC, February 1992).
A light weight, strong rope with many uses. It is waterproof, resistant to rot, and floats. For most rope requirements, it is the most economical rope to buy.
A fiber obtained from polypropylene gas, a byâ€‘product of oil refining.
A plastic or resin prepared by the polymerization of propylene as the sole monomer.
A strong paraffin (read petroleum) based fiber used in underlayers (read good for ice skating) with hearty wicking capabilities.
(pahl-ee-PRO-puh-leen) A versatile type of plastic that is known for being tough, lightweight, durable and resistant to mold, mildew and chemicals.
a synthetic resin plastic packaging material used for microwave-only heating of foods with low fat and sugar content; not heat stable for use in conventional ovens.
A resin made from polypropylene gas which produced lightweight, highly transparent, stiff film.
A thermoplastic of the olefin, long and straight chain polymer family. It is translucent, tough, lightweight quite rigid and has a relatively high softening point. It is a common material for threaded closures.
Man-made fiber known for its durability and color retention while retaining a silky feel.
Accounting for the largest share of plastic used (over 60 percent), the resin is best characterized by good clarity, excellent moisture and chemical resistance, high softening point and outstanding dimensional stability. It has been adapted to a broad assortment of food, pharmaceutical and beverage applications, and dominates the child-resistant and tamper-evident fields with sealing characteristics comparable to metal. Though most polypropylene closures are lined, in controlled circumstances linerless closures eliminate the cost of material and inserting of liners. The economies can be worthwhile. It is important that the neck finish of the container mate properly and consistently with the closure. Pre-testing and "on-going" quality control checks of both the container and closure are important when choosing this option.
A petrochemical-based man-made fiber usually used in socks in combination with other fibers.
A common type of plastic produced from propylene and used in the manufacture of pipes and tubing, household goods and medical equipment
(PP) One of the most common type of plastic, which is used to produce freezer boxes, for example.
A clear, flexible, chemically-stable plastic used in the manufacturing of preservation products including scrapbook page protectors.
A tough plastic used for furniture frames, etc.
Basic plastic formed by joining propylene molecules together. Used in the manufacture of synthetic fibers, automotive parts, luggage, safety helmets and home construction.
a light, thermoplastic resin used in packaging, coating, pipes, and tubes.
Clear and pliable, a stable plastic used in the manufacturing of photographic sleeves. Close Window
Thermoplastic compound composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms, obtained by the polymerization of propylene (C H3-CH=CH2). The catalysts used in polymerization determine the stereochemical structure of the polymer, yielding a wide product range with highly diverse applications.
Any of various thermoplastic resins that are polymers of propylene. They are hard and tough, and are used to make molded articles and fibers.
A type of polymer used in producing monofilament and multifilament yarns and threads. It is recyclable and is used as our standard fabric and most threads.
A type of plastic used in banners noted for its flexibility at low temperatures and its resistance to chemicals. (See our banners section.)
This is similar to polyethylene but stronger and having a higher temperature resistance. Various thermoplastics are polymers of propylene exhibiting excellent clarity. Also used in various thickness in the printing of labels as well as backing or liner materials.
Synthetic, long chain polymer fiber that will not absorb moisture, but will "wick" moisture away from the skin quickly. High heat, such as an iron or a dryer, can damage this fiber.
A plastic often used in museums and archives because it is chemically stable and non-acidic. It is often found under the trade names Coroplast and Microfoam, and is recommended for products such as film cans.
A tough, lightweight plastic made by the polymerization of high purity propylene gas
A synthetic, crystalline, thermoplastic polymer used in the manufacture of sutures, surgical casts and semi-permeable membranes
Various thermoplastic resin that is hard & tough and has increased optics No entries. Resin The raw material that is melted down and then blown into film.
In its pure form, a chemically stable plastic material. Used in film form to make sleeves for photographic materials and other uses. Used in sheet form for boxes, folders and such. A cheaper alternative to polyester film.
Claimed to be the lightest commercially available thermoplastic. It has a high rigidity and surface hardness. Commonly used in the manufacture of housewares, luggage and bottle caps. Requires pre-treatment prior to printing as the surface energy is low.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic that, while not as clear or cheap as polycarbonate, is safe for reuseable containers and laboratory tools. It has particular resistance to fatigue which makes it ideal for living hinge applications.
Plastics made by reacting propylene with itself or with other olefins to form polymers.
Any of various thermoplastic resins that are polymers of propylene. Propylene is a flammable gas derived from petroleum hydrocarbon cracking and used in organic synthesis.
A polymeric material which can be melted and which is resistant to a broad range of chemicals. It is generally low in biomolecule binding and therefore a good choice for 96-well plate construction.
A type of plastic often used for banner materials and noted for its flexibility at low temperatures and its resistance to chemicals.
A polyolefin plastic similar in properties to polyethylene but with higher temperature capability and greater strength.
A relatively soft plastic that comes in various colours. The "stress relieved" version is used for boomerangs. It is most commonly known as the material used by the Tri-Fly boomerangs made by American Eric Darnell.
A strong polymer that functions as both a fiber and a plastic and is more durable but less common than polyethylene.
A thermoplastic similar to polyethylene but stiffer and having a higher softening point (temperature).
A soft polymer used to make low pressure fittings. Please see our Polymer Information page for more information regarding this material.
A thermoplastic polymer of propylene resembling polyethylene, and used for making molded and extruded plastic products such as water pipe, tubing, and fittings.
Polypropylene or polypropene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer, used in a wide variety of applications, including food packaging, textiles, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, thermal pants and shirts made for the military, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes. An addition polymer made from the monomer propylene, it is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids. Its resin identification code is .