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Linen is a good choice for intricate, high-strength fabricated parts

Linen (LE)

  • Good mechanical and electrical strength
  • Withstands continuous operating temperature of 250° F
  • Excellent insulation properties
  • Good moisture resistance for electrical applications


Like canvas, the LE grade of linen is known for its mechanical properties. However, the finer weave of linen allows for the machining of more intricate details.

With excellent insulation properties, moisture resistance and good mechanical and electrical strength, linen is recommended for intricate, high-strength parts. Linen can withstand a continuous operating temperature of 250° F.


  • Structural components
  • Electrical insulation
  • Transformer components


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General Material Properties

Property   Metric units   English units
Compressive Strength   2.48E+08 Pa   36000 psi
Flexural Strength   1.1e8 - 1.5e8 Pa   16 - 22 ksi
Tensile Strength   2.48E+08 Pa   36ksi
Hardness (Rockwell M)   90 - 110     90 - 110 
Impact Strength (notched)   0.59 - 0.72 J/cm   1.10 - 1.35 ft.lbf/in
Young's Modulus   8.27e9 - 1.1e10 Pa   1.2 - 1.6 10^6 psi
Max Service Temperature   125 °C   257 °F
Insulator or Conductor   Insulator   Insulator
Thermal Expansion Coefficent   1.16e-4 - 1.2e-4cm/cm.°C   64.4 - 66.2 in./in./°F*10^-6

The information on this page is intended as general guidance only and is only accurate at the time of posting (see date below). Specific material properties vary by manufacturer. Please contact a Dielectric application engineer for help in choosing the optimal material for your application and budget.

Posting Date: September 10, 2012