Know more about XLPE and its uses

What is XLPE and what are its benefits?

XLPE insulation operates effectively in both hot and cold environments. Because of its structure, XLPE is extremely resistant to abrasion and other forms of wear and tear. It can also withstand high-voltage electricity, chemicals, and other potentially dangerous compounds. The cost of cross-linked polyethylene insulation is also lower.

Features of XLPE sheet insulation:

  • Hygienic foam

  • Technical longevity

  • Excellent fire resistance

  • Low smoke production

  • Water absorption is low.

  • Properties of sound absorption

  • Most pipe sizes are a perfect fit.

  • Installation is simple and quick.

  • Aesthetic appeal

Applications of XLPE Insulation?

Power distribution and transmission applications are suited for XLPE products. Because it is more corrosion resistant than other underground cable options, using an XLPE underground cable is safe for external electrical use. For applications where you don’t want to replace or inspect the cable too often, such as underground or concrete-filled power line trenches, you should consider using a steel wire armored XLPE product.

Processes are used by any XLPE cable manufacturer adhering to internationally recognized standards to infuse special qualities into their XLPE power cable, making it ideal for specific applications. For example, an XLPE insulated cable might be used in situations that demand greater age and stress crack resistance than a PVC cable.

Because XLPE can support a wide range of voltages, from low voltage to ultra-high currents, it is ideal for high-voltage applications where a 4-core cable is required. In this case, an equivalent insulated XLPE insulated wire specification is preferable to other insulated cable options such as Ethylene Propylene Rubber (EPR), PVC, or silicone rubbers.

An XLPE insulated cable is the best choice to use in environments where there is a high fire risk, synthetic stress on cables, or exposure to oil or corrosive liquids. Engineers prefer an XLPE armored cable to other available options when looking for a low smoke zero halogen cable.

What is the difference between XLPE insulation and PVC insulation?

XLPE is a cross-linked polyethylene polymer, as previously described. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) insulation (PVC).

The main difference is that XLPE can be used in both high and low stress environments. Its structure is resistant to abrasion, strain, and other types of wear. PVC insulation is only suitable for low-tension applications due to its inability to withstand as much pressure.

There are also the following distinctions:

  • PVC insulation has a shorter life expectancy than XLPE insulation.

  • Because XLPE does not contain chloride, it is more environmentally friendly.

  • XLPE insulation can withstand higher temperatures.

  • Cross-linked polyethylene has a higher moisture resistance.

Where can I get high quality XLPE sheet insulation?

In the UAE, top quality XLPE sheet insulation can be obtained from Delta Duct.

Among the leading manufacturers of polyolefin sheet insulation, amongst fire rated AC duct coating & accessories, Delta Duct is a well-known ducting accessories company in the UAE and ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 certified.

Delta Duct XLPE has been rated as CLASS 0 by ASTM E84 (BS 476 Parts 6 & 7). Delta Duct XLPE can be used on ducts and pipelines without the need for additional water vapor barriers. The great condensation resistance ensures longevity. Delta Duct XLPE has low thermal conductivity of 0.033 W/mK (ASTM C518), which guarantees a high thermal performance, improvement of the installation, excellent dimensional properties and full closed cell structure stand for durable values of thermal of the longest technical life of the products.

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