High-Density Crosslinked Polyethylene (XLPE)

High-density crosslinked polyethylene, or XLPE, is a thermoset resin that is specifically designed for critical applications like chemical storage.

During the XLPE manufacturing process, a catalyst (peroxide) is built into the resin, which creates a free radical. The free radical generates the crosslinking of the polymer chain, so the tank essentially becomes one giant molecule. The result is a resin that is specifically designed for critical chemical applications.

XLPE VS. Linear Polyethylene (HDPE)

  • XLPE has 20 times the environmental stress crack resistance of HDPE.
  • It has 10 times the molecular weight of HDPE.
  • It has 5 times the impact and tensile strength of HDPE.

XLPE VS. Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic (FRP)

  • XLPE offers seamless construction for greater strength.
  • With FRP, chemicals can wick into the fiber, compromising tank life.
  • XLPE can have a lower cost of ownership, due to the low amount of required maintenance compared to FRP.
  • FRP often requires special handling to avoid cracking.

XLPE VS. Carbon and Stainless Steel

  • XLPE has seamless one-piece construction, which eliminates the potential for chemical attack points and bad welds.
  • Unlike carbon and stainless steel, XLPE has very broad chemical resistance capabilities without the need for high-cost coatings.
  • XLPE requires limited routine inspection per the latest online PPC Installation Guide .
  • XLPE is a cost-effective solution to high-priced alloys.

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Learn more about the benefits of high-density crosslinked polyethylene tanks over fiberglass reinforced plastic tanks in our guide.  

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