Polyurethane Properties

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Polyurethane Properties

The diverse properties of castable polyurethane make it the leading choice of engineers looking for long lasting materials for their high load, high stress environments. Polyurethane routinely outperforms plastic, rubber and steel in its overall ability to resist harsh environmental factors such as abrasion, heat, solvents, oil and acid. In addition, polyurethane‘s noise abatement ability makes it the preferred material in chain-drive designs, conveyor belt systems and assembly line environments. In today’s manufacturing environments where the cost of downtime is measured in thousands of dollars per hour, polyurethane’s incredible durability actually increases your company’s profitability.

This page includes detailed information on polyurethane properties.

Physical Properties Of Polyurethane

The physical properties of polyurethane are considerable. Polyurethane performs well for hardness, tensile strength, compression strength, impact resistance, abrasion resistance and tear strength. The chart below show the physical properties of polyurethane.

Typical Physical Properties of Compounds of Polyurethane
Polyurethane TypeL42L100L167L315
Hardness, Durometer Value
(ASTM d676-59T)
80A90A95A75D*
Specific Gravity1.071.101.131.21
Tensile Strength, MPa (psi)
(ASTM D412-61T)
20.7 (3,000)31.0 (4,500)34.5 (5,000)62.0(9,000)
Elongation At Break, %
(ASTM D412-61T)
800450400270
100% Modulus, MPa (psi)
(ASTM D412-61T)
2.8 (400)7.6(1,100)12.4(1,800)32.0(4,650)
Compression Set, %
Method B (ASTM D395)
Method A (ASTM D395)**
 
45
 
27
9
 
40
10
 

10
Resilience, %
Rebound (Bashore)
 
 
45
 
40
 
45
Impact Resistance,
Izod notched
J/m (ft.lb./In)
(ASTM D256)
24 Degrees C ( 75Degrees F)
-40 Degrees C (-40 Degrees F)
 
Flexed

 
 
Flexed

 
 
Flexed

 
800.7(15)
58.7 (1.1)
Solenoid Brittle Temp.,
Degrees C (Degrees F)
(ASTM D746-57)
Below -80 (Below -120) Below -70 (Below-94) Below -70) (Below -94) -64
(-83)
Abrasion Index, NBS, %
(ASTM D1630, Nat’l Bureau of Standards Abrader)
110 175 400 435
Tear Strength Split, kN/m (pli)
(ASTM D470)
12.2(70)13.1 (75)26.2 (150)192.2 (110)
* The D Scale is used to measure durometer hardness above 95A by Shore, Rex, or Wallace durometers.
** Measured at 9.3 MPa (1,350 psi)

How Hard is Polyurethane?

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The graphic on the left shows the relative hardness ratings available with polyurethane versus rubber and plastic. As you can see polyurethane is an extremely versatile substance. Best of all, polyurethane parts have longer service lives than those made from rubber and plastic.

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Polyurethane Chemical Resistance

The chemical resistance of polyurethane is broad across multiple substances. The table below shows the oil,chemical & solvent resistance of polyurethane to a sampling of substances.

ChemicalRatingChemicalRating
A = EXCELLENT      B = GOOD
Acetic Acid, 20%BAmmonium Hydroxide SolutionsA
ASTM Oil #1 (70°C/158°F)AASTM Oil #3 (70°C/158°F)B
ASTM Reference Fuel AAASTM Reference Fuel B (50°C/122°F)B
Barium Hydroxide SolutionsABorax SolutionsA
Boris Acid SolutionsAButaneA
Calcium Bisulfate SolutionsACalcium Chloride SolutionsA
Calcium Hydroxide SolutionsACarbon DioxideA
Carbon MonoxideACastor OilA
Copper Chloride SolutionsACopper Sulfate SolutionsA
Cottonseed OilACyclohexaneA
DOWTHERM ABEthylene GlycolB
Freon – 11BFreon – 12A
Freon – 113AFuel OilB
GasolineBGlueA
GlycerinAn-Hexane (50°C/122°F)B
Hydraulic OilsBHydrochloric Acid, 20%B
HydrogenAIsooctane (70°C/158°F)B
Isopropyl EtherBLinseed OilB
Lubricating OilsBMagnesium Chloride SolutionsA
Magnesium Hydroxide SolutionsAMercuryA
Mineral OilANaphthaB
NaphthaleneBOleic AcidB
Palmitic AcidAPhosphoric Acid, 20%-70%A
Potassium Hydroxide SolutionsBSAE #10 Oil (70°C/158°F)A
SeawaterASoap SolutionsA
Sodium Hydroxide, 20%ASodium Hydroxide, 46%B
Soybean OilBStearic Acid AA
Sulfuric Acid, 5-10%ASulfuric Acid, 10-50%B-C
Tannic Acid, 10%ATartaric AcidA
Tricresyl PhosphateBTrisodium Phosphate SolutionsA
Tung OilBWater (50°C/122°F)A