I had high hopes for this stuff. Ordered UHMW polyethylene tube part
number 8705K141 from McMaster-Carr. Banged it on the end of a bolt
and it left marks on the tube. So the high impact resistance is
relative to HDPE polyethylene, fine. I read that you can't drive a
nail through it. I drove a nail through it several times with no
problem. Then I read it's supposed to be 15 times more abrasion
resistant than carbon steel. So I put it on a smooth concrete
driveway and laid a brick on top of it. Pushed back and forth in the
tube slid on the driveway. Pick up the tube and noticed lots of
abrasion. So what do they mean by "more abrasion resistant than
carbon steel"? Does that mean like if you rub it with your thumb for
15 million years it will last longer than carbon steel would? Are
they using a narrow definition of "abrasion resistant" and
Thanks for any translation of what they're talking about.
Wherever you got your information from was totally wrong. It's a low
friction material, meaning that an object will slide much easier on
UHMW than it would on another material. However, low friction and
abrasion resistance are two different things. In general, if you have
something sliding over a surface, coating the surface with UHMW will
reduce abrasion to the PART, but possibly at the expense of the UHMW
wear surface. For example, it is often used in jigs and fixtures,
such as custom fences and cutoff sleds, to create a surface that
allows the part to slide easily without expensive ball or roller
The nail thing is ridiculous. I use woodscrews and other pointed
fasteners to fasten to UHMW and Delrin all the time.
Is this coming from a manufacturer's spec sheet or some internet fact
file of dubious value?
Re: the nail thing - UHMW has enormous compression resistance, so if
you're trying to drive a nail through the plastic without drilling a
pilot hole first, and the plastic is thick enough ( say, 3/4" thick or
better), odds are you'll bend the nail instead of pushing it through.
Same thing with screws - you have to drill a pilot hole first or
you'll likely snap off the screw in the hole.
That's what they're talking about in those areas. You probably had a
Re: the abrasion resistance - UHMW is more abrasion resistant that
steel, but abrading it on a driveway is like taking sandpaper to it.
Sine the carbon steel you're comparing it to is harder then the
driveway material, it's not a fair test - with the steel, you're
actually abrading the driveway surface. With the relatively softer
UHMW, you're actually abrading the plastic.
Here's a link to a discussion group that has more information on UHMW;
Not really. It works well in abrasive conditions and usually will
outlast steel. For example, a brick company was having issues with
tail sprockets on a conveyor - couldn't get a month out of them. I
sold them some UHMW sprockets and they lasted 6 months and were still
running fine although they were showing wear. They just put them on a
6 month PM and were happy as they could be. I know of a log deck that
had UHMW sprockets that lasted 13 years with all the bark, dirt, sand
and everything else dumped on them.
Assuming that you are not a troll....
One possible translation would be, if you go to the trouble to buy something
from a fine company like McMaster-Carr, you probably shouldn't beat it to
death and try to destroy it.
Almost any product they sell can be damaged. Such torture testing is both
discouraged and bizzare. This sound like some of those weird reality shows
where they destroy stuff and call it "science".
Assuming that I'm not a troll? You do woodworking or metalworking
(apparently woodworking) and the materials you use cannot be
stressed or tested? Only if what you make gets put on a shelf, maybe
not even then.
It is used to line dump truck beds, gravel chutes and such. It will
outlast steel in applications where the pressure is not too high. I
have it to make drawers open easily by putting it on the runners.
Take a strip of UHMW and a strip of carbon steel of the same
dimensions. Run both through a sandblaster loaded with aluminum oxide
media. Repeat. The UHMW will still be there long after the carbon
steel has been abraded to nothing. And some grades of polyurethane
will still be there long after the UHMW has gone away.
Yes, I have done this. No, you won't find the results online, they're
in a United Technologies internal document.
I'd say it all depends on how the test is defined. It sounds like your test
is a good example of the phenomenon of differential cutting. I bet if I
repreated the test by abrading both samples with a steel saw blade, I'd get
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