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Plastic Sleeper

Plastic sleeper (plastic railroad ties) is a composite sleeper made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene(UHMWPE). The superior performance of plastic railway sleeper materials. It is environmentally friendly, recyclable, and has corrosion resistance more than three times higher than wooden sleepers. Recyclable plastic sleepers have good electrical insulation, good weathering resistance, and good shock absorption and damping to noise. High crushing strength, strong chemical resistance to liquids or gases, and UV resistance.

UHMWPE plastic sleeper

Plastic sleepers have been successfully used in Europe for more than 20 years. They are found on transportation routes such as Milan in Italy, Zurich in Switzerland and Hanover in Germany. Recycled plastic sleepers are not only used in the laying of trains and railways, but also in large-scale shipbuilding, land, sea, and air logistics, warehouses, automobile manufacturing, aircraft manufacturing, military, chemical, gardening, mining, construction, and other fields.

Why Choose Plastic Railway Sleeper

Better material – UHMWPE

Plastic sleepers of different lengths and shapesPlastic sleepers of different lengths and shapes

The main material of plastic sleepers provided by AGICO RAILWAY is UHMWPE, Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Its molecular weight is between 3 million and 7 million g/mol. UHMWPE material is an environmentally friendly engineering plastic with lightweight, good toughness, corrosion resistance, no delamination, no fracture, no adsorption of foreign matter, and anti-aging.

UHMWPE Technological Parameter
Density: 0.92-0.96 g/cm3
Tensile Strength at Yield: 15-20 Mpa
Notched Impact Strength: 80-170 kj/m2
Impact Intensity: 100-160 kg/m3
Abrasion Resistance (sand slurry test): 70-120%
Wearing Coefficient: 0.15
Shore Hardness D: 63-68o

Excellent characteristics of recycled plastic sleepers

  • The appearance of plastic sleepers is similar to that of wooden sleepers. It is easy to install on-site, has low construction cost and low maintenance cost, which can save a lot of manpower and financial resources, and reduce the product cycle and total cost.
  • Plastic sleepers have a low thermal expansion coefficient and thermal conductivity, shock resistance, compression resistance, tensile strength, high bending strength, and long service life.
  • It is waterproof, insect-proof, anti-corrosion, non-toxic, non-radiation, zero formaldehyde, green and environmentally friendly, and can be recycled and reused.
  • Recycled plastic sleepers can still maintain good electrical insulation performance after long-term use. It can also keep stable under long-term adverse weather conditions.

Plastic sleepers

Related studies have found that the lateral sliding energy of plastic sleepers is better than that of wooden sleepers. The production process of plastic railway sleepers can make its surface "hairy" so that it is not easy to slide after being installed on the subgrade. Plastic sleeper can be made longer according to the requirements of track turning and crossing, but it is very difficult to obtain high-quality wood with a length of 24 feet.

Another attractive advantage of plastic sleeper is that they are easy to install and can directly use the same equipment and fasteners as wooden sleepers.

During the installation of plastic sleepers, ordinary woodworking tools can be used for sawing, planing, nailing, screwing, gluing and other operations. In addition, plastic sleeper and wooden sleeper can be mixed and used at intervals.

Product Parameter

Recycled plastic sleepers in factory

The factory supports customized services for recycled plastic sleeper of different sizes and lengths. It is convenient to cut plastic railway sleepers at the construction site, so there is no need to make additional molds for each length. The specifications of common plastic sleepers are shown in the table below.

Common Plastic Sleepers Specifications 
Widthmm) Height(mm) Lengh(mm)
100 100 1000-3000
150 150 1000-3000
200 200 1000-3000
300 300 1000-3000

Workshop and Equipment

Plastic sleeper workshop and equipment
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