Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Low-Density Polyethylene

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_7048

(LDPE) This term is generally considered to include polyethylenes having densities between 0.915 and 0.925 g/cm3. In LDPE, the ethylene molecules are linked in random fashion, with many side branches, mostly short ones. This branching prevents the formation of a closely knit pattern, resulting in material that is relatively soft, flexible, and tough, and which will withstand moderate heat. See also  High-Density Polyethylene and  Polyethylene.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA