Silanes as Cross-linking Agents for Polyethylenes: Techno Brief

Crosslinking is a type of polymerization reaction that branches out from the main molecular chain to form a network of chemical links and cross-linking agents are added to resins to enable this process. This Cross-linking Agents guide is designed to help you understand more about the use of silanes as cross-linking agents in polyethylenes, focusing on the benefits and main applications.

Why Use Silane Crosslinking Technology?

Silane Crosslinked PE is called PEX or XLPE

For high performance polyethylene applications, requiring higher temperature, creep, abrasion and chemical resistances, crosslinking is a must. Of all the crosslinking technologies, Silane is the one which exhibits the greatest process flexibility (by providing the possibility to trigger the crosslinking after extrusion) and superior mechanical performance. As opposed to other processes, Silane Crosslinking technology is easy to implement and does not require special processing equipment.

Crosslinking with Vinylsilanes is flexible, easy and cost effective

In this techno brief, we will give you an overview of the benefits of Silane Crosslinking technology as well as its applications.

Processing benefits   End product benefits

Applications of PEX
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