Plastic hose is synthetic chemical construction material. Most important, it’s the fourth emerging material after steel, wood and concrete. Plastic hose develops rapidly recent years, especially the environmental protection hose. Nowadays, the green development and low-carbon lifestyle concepts deep in people’s heart. Thus the eco-friendly hose is leading a revolution in materials.
However, the most hoses we access are regular hoses such as PE, PP and PVC. Other hoses like PPS, PPO and PC are special plastic hoses. While they are mostly used in high technology applications like auto, aerospace, national defense and communication.
We know that different hose has different properties. Then how can we distinguish which hose it is? OrientFlex introduce you some methods next.
Prepare some water, then put the hose in. Watch the status on hose and we can know the material roughly. For example, if the hose float on the surface, we can know it’s not PVC. Because the density of PVC is over 1.
This is main check the fire color and fume. Generally speaking, the fire color of polyolefin after burning is blue or light blue. In the meantime, the smell is gentle and light. While the fume is white. But there will be black fume and strong smell from benzene and chlorine. Besides, there will be drip fire for PE and PP. While PVC will self distinguish.
Optics method is to check the transparency of materials. The general transparent materials are normally PS and PC. While the semi transparent materials are PE, PP and soft PVC. While others are not transparent.
In general, for the non-additive material, if it have double bond itself, then the color will be a light yellow.
Besides above methods, there are many other ways like MRI, IR and thermal analysis. But these need special and professional equipment. If you want to learn more about the hose material, contact OrientFlex now and we will send you more details.