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Borated HDPE (High density polyethylene) is a product specially designed for nuclear shielding applications. The material employs 5% Boron by weight to shield neutrons in a variety of applications including high intensity X-rays, cancer treatment facilities, hospitals, nuclear submarines and nuclear power plants. Using this material as your shielding will be easier to install, maintain and use than the traditional lead lined products. While using a Polyethylene product may seem unusual, it performs as good or better than lead weighing many times as much. Borated HDPE is also lower in cost than most lead materials.

 

Key Facts

  • 5% Boron by weight
  • Replaces lead in nuclear shielding applications
  • Lighter weight and lower cost than lead

 

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At a Glance

Generic Name
High Density Polyethylene

Available In
Sheet

Certifications
ASTM, ITAR Registered

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Stock Products Properties Applications Advantages

Stock Products

TypeSizeLengthColor
Sheet 1/2" - 4" 48”x96”, 48”x120” CTS Green

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.

Properties

Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density lb/in^3 D1505 59.6 lbs/ft3

 

Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Strength at Yield psi D638 4000
Ultimate Elongation % D638 >600%
Flexural Modulus psi D790 200,000
Durometer Hardness D2240 64 Shore D
IZOD Impact Strength Notched ft-lbf/in D256 2.99
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Heat Deflection Temperature @66 psi °F D648 171 °F

Applications

  • MRI Rooms
  • Nuclear Submarines
  • Containment Cabinets
  • Cancer Treatment Facilities
  • Nuclear or Radiation Shielding
  • X-Ray Rooms
  • Imaging Machines
  • Containment Boxes
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Linear Particle Accelerators

 

  • MRI Rooms
  • Nuclear Submarines
  • Containment Cabinets
  • Cancer Treatment Facilities
  • Nuclear or Radiation Shielding
  • X-Ray Rooms
  • Imaging Machines
  • Containment Boxes
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Linear Particle Accelerators

Advantages

  • Lower cost than lead
  • Lighter weight than lead
  • Replaces lead in nuclear shielding applications
  • Standard is 5% boron by weight – HDPE base material
  • Can be certified to Mil-P-23536 A Type B (1/2%, 1%, or 2% Boron by weight)
  • Mil-P-23536 certified material is inspected per Mil-I-45208 A
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