Polymers For Use In Wire and Cable Compounds
Many wire & cable compounds are formulated for specific end use applications such as high and low voltage power cables, telecommunications, telephone wire, coaxial cable, jacketing, etc. Many of these cable compounds are required to be flame retardant. In addition, many of the olefinic wire & cable compounds are cross-linked to improve their temperature, tear and abrasion resistance.
There are a number of polymers that can be used as the base polymer in wire & cable compounds. In addition to polyethylene, many of these polymers tend to be elastomeric as they have the ability to hold high levels of solids (flame retardants and minerals) while still maintaining ductility, flexibility and other properties.
THESE POLYMERS INCLUDE:
- Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
- Ethylene Acrylate Copolymers (Methyl, Ethyl or Butyl Acrylates)
- Polyolefin Elastomers (POE)
- Olefinic Block Copolymers (OBC)
- Polybutene-1 (PB-1)
- Reactor TPOs (rTPO)
- Polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE)
- Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
- Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber (EPDM)