Silicone rubber is effective because of it’s ability to withstand extremely temperatures, its flexibility and it’s relative ability to be unaffected by outside influences.
Frequently used for adhesives, sealants, health, cookware, padding as well as lubes, silicone is one of the most useful man made materials available.
Silicone gaskets tend to be mechanised seals employed to avoid loss involving a couple of materials.
Silicone rubber (or, to give it its scientific name, Poly-Siloxane) is an amazing material.
It is an inorganic synthetic elastomer, made from a cross-linked silicon-based polymer.
As such, it offers a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties, which organic elastomers cannot match.
Widely used in a wide variety of industries, it is generally non-reactive, stable, and resistant to extreme environments, stresses and temperatures.
Most impressively, it can be formulated to operate consistently from −60°C to +300°C while still maintaining its useful properties.
Silicone rubber’s mechanical properties include – tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and compression set.
When used in extreme temperatures, these qualities make the material far superior to conventional organic rubbers.
These inferior materials’ carbon composition can leave them susceptible to ozone, UV, heat and other ageing factors – factors that silicone rubber can easily withstand.
This makes silicone the most suitable elastomer for many applications.
It is also highly inert, and doesn’t react with most chemicals or the environment – so it is ideal for many food and medical applications.
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